Here are some highlights from Temple football coach Geoff Collins' weekly Tuesday press conference:
On whether injured backup Logan Marchi could play if starting quarterback Frank Nutile were hurt.
"(Anthony) Russo has been getting all the snaps, we don't talk about it much, but Logan is still not 100 percent. I think he could go in an emergency, but right now we have Russo taking most of the backup reps. He is doing a really good job. He's gotten better. He took all the backup reps to get ready for the Army game and he was OK, he was good. But I think he elevated his game even a little more since we had this open week to prep. He went through the developmental practices so I thought that was good."
On whether Russo will hold on PATs and field goals.
"That will be Marchi."
On defensive tackle Dan Archibong earning the No. 1 single-digit uniform this week for toughness and dedication.
"He does an unbelievable job for us, has started a bunch of games, and is just a tough physical kid, unselfish kid and he is another one that I don't know if he has gotten a B since he has gotten to college…"
On redshirt junior fullback/running back Rob "Nitro" Ritrovato earning a scholarship.
"We have given a scholarship to Nitro, it is a special moment, he is a special kid who plays fullback and running back and starts on two of our special teams. The special thing about Nitro, since Rock (RB Ryquell Armstead) has been banged up most of the season there are weeks Rock hasn't been able to practice and Nitro has had to take a ton of the reps, and somehow Rock finds a way to get in on game days, which is great how unselfish [Ritrovato is] and ready to do anything for the team which is special. He also has a 3.7 grade point average…"
On whether redshirt center Matt Hennessy, who missed the last game due to illness, would be back in the lineup.
"We're hoping so. There is a whole list of guys who will be much better."
On whether defensive linemen Michael Dogbe and Quincy Roche return after missing last game due to injury
"Jullian [Taylor] went down in the game and we hope to get them (including Dogbe and Roche) back. Probably if listed in NFL terms, they are questionable."
On walk-on center Gordon Thomas, who made his first career start in the Owls last game, a 31-28 overtime loss at Army.
"I would be remiss if I didn't talk about Gordon Thomas, 5-9, 300 pound walk-on that comes in an starts at center for a Division I college football game and does it at a high level….For what he has gone through to get where he is a walk on playing center at a high level and I was obviously very proud of him."