Nate Allen, Philadelphia Eagles safety, is busy getting ready for his game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he’s also interested in the Temple-South Florida game, which will be played on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field. Allen played his college football at South Florida.
“I’ve been talking to Todd Bowles about it,” Allen said. “We’ve been kind of going back and forth about it.”
Allen was a huge star at South Florida. He had nine career interceptions and three touchdowns in his college career. In 2010, the Eagles selected him in the second round of the NFL draft.
Bowles played his college football at Temple. He was a tremendous defensive back for the Owls from 1982 to 1986. After that, he played eight seasons in the NFL. Bowles is now the Eagles secondary coach. Bowles and Allen will be following this Big East matchup that will be shown on 6ABC at noon.
“I’m definitely riding with my boys from South Florida,” Allen said. “I told him 28-7. That’s what I was thinking. He was like South Florida is going to score more than that aren’t they. I said, we’ll see. We were talking a little bit. I’m hoping to be able to catch the game on my phone or somewhere. It’s all good. I won’t be able to see much, but I’ll see what I can.”
The Owls are 1-2 overall after a 24-13 loss at Penn State on Sept. 22. South Florida is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in Big East play after a 30-17 loss to No. 4 Florida State.
NOTE: Temple senior running back Montel Harris has been added to the inaugural Senior Bowl Watch List this week. The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, set for January 26, 2013, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. It is important to note that appearing on the watch list is not a requirement for a player to earn an invitation to the event.
Harris transferred to Temple last summer for his fifth and final season of eligibility. He received his degree in communications from Boston College in 2012. The ACC’s all-time career rusher (3,735 yards), Harris leads all returning BCS players in career rushing yards.
In his debut at Temple, Harris rushed for 12 yards on five carries in limited play in the first half against Villanova. He joined the starting lineup for the first time against Penn State and had 10 carries for 23 yards. He also had three receptions for 42 yards.