It can be argued that Haason Reddick has been Temple's top defensive player this year. The redshirt senior from Haddon Heights was recognized on Monday as the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the week.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound end had four tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Romond Deloatch, and one fumble recovery Saturday in a 45-20 win over visiting Southern Methodist.
"I am really excited for him," Temple coach Matt Rhule said Monday during a conference call with reporters. ". . . He had a couple of sacks and he was an inch or so away from more and he really played a complete football game and I am happy and proud of him."
Originally a walk-on at Temple, Reddick was an all-conference honorable mention selection last season. This season, he leads the Owls in tackles for losses (7) and sacks (21/2) and is tied for the lead with two forced fumbles.
Before Saturday, his best performance came in a 34-27 loss at Penn State, with three tackles for losses and seven tackles altogether.
Temple (3-2, 1-0 AAC) has a short week; the Owls will visit Memphis (3-1, 0-0) on Thursday. Memphis is coming off a 48-28 loss at Mississippi.
Another key defensive player, junior safety Sean Chandler, missed the SMU game with a knee injury. Chandler won't play this week, Rhule said. On Saturday, Rhule estimated that Chandler could miss anywhere from three games to the entire season.
Rhule says he isn't sure if linebacker Stephaun Marshall will play Thursday. Marshall left the SMU game with an injury.