Monday, September 01, 2014

Temple's Young and Walker earn AAC honors

PHILADELPHIA - When a team finds itself as an underdog on the road and beats the home team by 30 points, people begin to take notice.

That was the case this week after Temple traveled to Music City to play Vanderbilt and exited with a 37-7 victory, the Owls' first against an SEC school in 75 years.


Junior CB Tavon Young earned American Athletic Conference defensive player of the week after registering a pair of interceptions to lead a Temple defense which limited Vanderbilt to 278 yards of offense. Temple, which had just three defensive interceptions in the entire 2013 season, matched that total in Week 1 behind Young’s two picks — both of which led to points on the offensive end. Young finished the day with two tackles and had a combined 35 yards on his two INT returns.

Sophomore QB P.J. Walker, meanwhile, earned honorable mention for his performance. Walker threw for 207 yards and 2 TDs and added another score on the ground in just over three quarters of action.

In addition, sophomore DT Averee Robinson earned the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) national defensive performer of the week along with the defensive lineman of the week honors. Robinson recovered two fumbles and returned one 55 yards for a touchdown.
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