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For first time, Temple has a Hall of Fame player

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For first time, Temple has a Hall of Fame player

Paul Palmer, who broke virtually every Temple University rushing record during his four years with the Owls, has been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Hall announced on Monday morning.
 
Although former Temple coaches Glenn "Pop" Warner, Ray Morrison and Wayne Hardin are in the Hall, Palmer is the first former Temple player to achieve the honor. This was his seventh year on the ballot.
 
"The honor of earning admittance to the College Football Hall of Fame is overwhelming, and I can't thank the committee enough for both my nomination and selection," Palmer said. 
 
"I wouldn’t be able to accept this honor without the contributions of my teammates, coaches and the entire Temple community. With Temple football on the rise, I only hope my induction will crack the door for a number of other deserving Owls to gain entrance to the Hall of Fame down the road." 
 
Palmer, a native of Potomac, Maryland, rushed for 4,895 yards and netted 6,613 all-purpose yards while at Temple. He had 21 100-yard rushing games and six 200-yard games. In 1986, he led the nation with 1,866 rushing yards and 1,976 yards from scrimmage and broke Marcus Allen's single-season all-purpose yardage record with 2,633.
 
He finished second to Vinny Testaverde in the 1986 Heisman Trophy balloting.

When he left, he ranked sixth in NCAA Division I history in rushing yards and fourth in all-purpose yards. He’s still in the top 30 all-time on both lists.

Palmer now serves as the color analyst on Temple's radio broadcasts.

"This is really a fitting culmination to an amazing football journey," said former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, Palmer’s coach at Temple. "I’ve been around some great ones, but pound-for-pound there were none better than Paul Palmer. 
 
“He had all the athleticism and talent in the world, but what truly separated him was his heart and toughness. You can look at his amazing stats and all those records, [but] they don’t show you just how fearless he was running up the middle at his size against some of the top defenses in the country. I can’t express how thrilled I am for Paul and how proud I have always been to say I was his coach."
 
After the NCAA ruled that Palmer had signed with an agent before his senior year had ended, Palmer was stripped of his stats from his final year at Temple, and Temple had its six wins in 1986 stripped from the record books as well.
 
Palmer was the 19th pick in the 1987 draft and spent three years in the NFL. He led the NFL with two kickoff return touchdowns as a rookie in 1987 and led the AFC with 24.3 yards per kick return. He rushed for 1,053 yards and four touchdowns in three years with the Chiefs and Cowboys and caught 74 passes for 731 yards and four more touchdowns. 

He spent the summer of 1991 in Eagles training camp in West Chester.

Palmer and the rest of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be formally inducted at the 61st annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Temple blows chance at another resume builder

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Temple blows chance at another resume builder

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WICHITA, Kan. -- As his teammates headed to the locker room after allowing 56 first-half points, Wichita State senior center Shaquille Morris witnessed their frustration.

And he saw opportunity.

Would No. 19 Wichita State allow Temple to beat the Shockers for a second time in 15 days? Or would Wichita State storm back?

After the Shockers' 93-86 victory Thursday, thanks in large part to Morris' 23 points and 13 rebounds, he had his answer.

"Tonight defined our team," Morris said. "We've gotten better.

"We needed a game like this, especially being down second half and showing resilience."

Darral Willis had 24 points for the Shockers (20-5, 10-3 American Athletic Conference). Morris and Willis, senior big men, were combined 18 of 21 from the floor.

"We rode them," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. "When they play like that, you can ride them."

Austin Reaves scored 11 points for Wichita State, and Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp each scored 10.

Temple (15-11, 7-7) hit a season-high 16 3-point shots on 29 attempts. Obi Enechionyia led Temple with 17 points and other Owls were in double figures -- Quinton Rose (16), De'Vondre Perry (15), Shizz Alston (15) and Josh Brown (13).

Temple brought a five-game winning streak into the game and was hot in the first half. The Owls were 11 of 15 from the 3-point line while building that 56-42 halftime lead.

Enechionyia spurred the offensive outburst, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in a 13-7 run the start the game. He entered the game averaging 11.1 points.

"Obi really got us started," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I don't think we could have played any better offensively in the first half."

Shamet acknowledged he was "pretty frustrated" at halftime. "You don't want to be getting beat like that at home," he said. "It was like we couldn't find an answer."

Wichita State did after halftime, opening with an 11-0 run and eventually taking its first lead, 66-62, on a Willis 3-pointer with 11:31 to play.

"We made some coaching tweaks," Marshall said, "but it was really just about finding a way."

Morris did much of the damage with 16 points and eight rebounds in the second half. Dunphy credited Morris with "having a basketball IQ off the charts."

Morris' putback resulting in a three-point play with 1:54 remaining gave Wichita State an 84-81 lead it would not lose. The Shockers outscored the Owls 36-8 in the in the paint.

"Stickbacks killed us," Dunphy said.

Marshall said Morris diving in a pile of players to retrieve the ball, resulting in a Conner Frankamp layup, showed him more than any other play.

"This might have been Shaq's finest game as a Shocker," Marshall said. "He was a beast."

Big picture
Temple: The Owls backed up their hot streak, going toe to toe on the road with a top-20 team in a crazy environment.

Wichita State: The Shockers overcame a huge deficit to beat a hot opponent and, combined with Cincinnati's loss, get back in the conference race.

Coaching voice
Dunphy has been to more than his share of arenas, but Thursday was his first game at Koch Arena.

"You hear a lot about it, and it's a special place," Dunphy said. "Late in the game, we were trying to get our guys to come off the center line to press. We had no chance of them hearing us."

Marshall said it was "the loudest Koch Arena has been in many a year."

Shamet helping
Shamet had five assists, giving him 252 for his career. He is just the third Shocker to reach 250 before the end of his sophomore season, joining Fred VanVleet (282) and Joe Griffin (306).

Up next
Temple: The Owls host Houston on Sunday

Wichita State: The Shockers travel to No. 5 Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bearcats lost at Houston on Wednesday.

Temple secures 5th straight win with dominant 2nd half

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Temple secures 5th straight win with dominant 2nd half

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TAMPA, Fla. — Quinton Rose scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half when Temple pulled away from USF for its fifth-straight win 73-55 on Saturday.

Shizz Alston Jr. 19 points, 10 in the second half, and Josh Brown had 12 points for the Owls (15-10, 7-6 American Athletic Conference).

Brown's layup with a second left in the first half tied the game at 30 and he opened the second half with a 3-pointer before Rose capped a nine-point run with a dunk and a 37-30 lead. Isaiah Manderson had back-to-back baskets to pull the Bulls with two. Rose then scored five straight points and, after a 3-pointer for the Bulls, had 3-point plays to begin and end a 12-0 run that made it 63-47 with 5:43 to play.

The Owls went 7 of 13 from distance and shot 55 percent in the second half.

Manderson led USF (8-18, 1-12), which has lost five straight, with 18 points.