Temple is as proud of its accomplishments off the field as it is of those that take place on the field.
By the time the Owls play Toledo in the Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl, 26 seniors on the team will have their degrees. Five of the players, defensive linemen Hershey Walton and Brandon Chudnoff, receiver John Christopher, safety Will Hayes and tight end Saledeem Major, played this season as graduate students.
Of the remaining 21, nine are slated to return next year. They are receiver Sam Benjamin, defensive lineman Avery Ellis, quarterback John Loughery, defensive back Khiry Lucas, linebacker Stephaun Marshall, defensive end Praise Martin-Oguike, center-guard Brendan McGowan, tight end Colin Thompson and running back Leroy Welsey.
The other 12 seniors who will be receiving their degrees are offensive guard Shahbaz Ahmed, linebacker Boye Aromire, fullback Michael Felton, center Kyle Friend, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, offensive lineman Eric Lofton, linebacker Tyler Matakevich, kickoff specialist Tyler Mayes, receiver Brandon Shippen, defensive lineman Nate D. Smith and two players who served as student assistants after suffering injuries, Damiere Shaw and Rob Dvoracek.