Monday, June 25, 2012

Temple's Brown & McManus Named to CFPA Preseason Watch Lists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (6/25/12) – The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) have named two Temple football players to its 2012 preseason Watch Lists.

Senior RB Matt Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has been named to the All-Purpose Trophy Watch List.  In addition to the backfield, the 5-5 Owl handles TU’s kickoff and punt returns.

Senior PK/P Brandon McManus (Hatfield, Pa.) is listed on two watch lists, for placekicker and at specialist.

CFPA honors players at each position weekly throughout the season. The official 2012 annual awards announcement is slated for January 9, 2013.

Brown played in all 13 games last season with three starts at running back. He finished second in team rushing with 916 yards and six touchdowns on 155 carries.  The team’s top kickoff returner, he had 703 yards and a TD on 28 returns. At punt returner, he led TU with 182 yards on 18 returns on the season.

Temple’s placekicker for three seasons, McManus took over punting duties in 2011. In 13 games, McManus was second in team scoring with 98 points. He led the MAC with a perfect 50-of-50 in PATs.  McManus punted 46 times for 2,105 yards. Fifteen of those 46 landed inside the 20, while 16 were longer than 50 yards. McManus earned national specialist honors seven times during the season.

Under the guidance of second-year head coach Steve Addazio, this season’s squad returns 35 lettermen, including nine starters.

Temple opens the 2012 season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, on Friday, August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
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