Isaiah Wright is a big-play threat for the Owls. — PHOTO COURTESY OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Isaiah Wright is a big-play threat for the Owls. — PHOTO COURTESY OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple football standout Isaiah Wright is a player who can make a lot of plays. Temple is going to certainly need Wright’s skills as a punt return specialist and wide receiver when they take on No. 23 ranked Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field (12 p.m. ESPN2).

Wright is a game changer in so many ways. A week ago, he had 173 all-purpose yards, which included nine receptions for 104 yards with a touchdown in a 27-17 victory over East Carolina. He also had a 55-yard kickoff return and a 14-yard punt return. As a return specialist, he knows exactly what he has to do to get the Owls’ offense moving in the right direction.

“Most important thing for me to do is to get good field position,” said Wright, who averages 8.6 yards a punt return. “So, if I can get good field position [it] increases the chances of us having the big play or just going down the field to get a touchdown. That’s really what I try to do.”

Wright, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, has done quite well as a receiver. He has 31 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns. He is the Owls’ second leading receiver. Wright credits the Temple wide receiver corps, which includes the team’s leading receiver Jadan Blue (34 catches for 427 yards and two TDs) and Branden Mack (26 receptions for 335 yards and 2 TDs) for his success.

“I think that is a benefit for the team just because we’ve got multiple guys that can go out there and are touchdowns waiting to happen. It’s not just one person that’s a touchdown waiting to happen. When you got that, it creates a dynamic explosiveness. When you have that dynamic you make teams fear you. That’s what is beneficial about that.”

Wright has been able to make some big contributions to the Owls’ football program over the years. He played a few positions even quarterback.

“I’m not complacent where I’m at, but I’m appreciative with the opportunities that I get,” Wright said. “I’m grateful to be a position that I am. I’m just going to keep striving to get better and keep striving to position the team and myself for where I’m trying to go.”

Temple (4-1) and Memphis (5-0) is shaping up to be a huge American Athletic Conference game. After that, the Owls will face SMU (6-0) and UCF (4-2) in succession. This is a crucial part of Temple’s schedule.

dhunt@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5719

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