The Temple University — University of Maryland football game at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, Sept. 14, is shaping up to be a big early season contest for the Owls. This is also a huge contest for two Temple players — Jadan Blue and Quincy Roche — who hail from the state of Maryland and will battle the No. 21 ranked Terrapins. The kickoff is set for noon on CBS Sports Network.

Both players grew up near Baltimore, Maryland and the Terrapins are the state’s big time college football program from the Big 10 Conference. Blue played his high school football at Mt. Saint Joseph’s in Randallstown, Maryland. Roche played his scholastic football at New Town High School in Randallstown.

“I know a lot of guys on that team,” Blue said. “It’s going to be a good one. I’m excited to play. I know it’s going to be exciting for me and my family.”

Blue, a 6-foot, 185-pound redshirt sophomore, is off to a great start this season. The Owls’ wide receiver had 10 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown in the team’s 56-12 win over Bucknell University two weeks ago.

Temple’s offense has a lot of scoring potential with Blue and wide receivers Branden Mack and Isaiah Wright. Running backs Re-Mahn Davis and Jager Gardner and quarterback Anthony Russo can also move the chains.

“I feel good,” Blue said. “We can always improve. The way we see each other as family that’s the biggest part. It’s a different culture here. It’s family base. That’s the thing that really drives the team.”

Roche, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound redshirt junior defensive end, is well aware of the Terrapins success this season.

“Their football team has done a great job,” Roche said. “Our football team has done a great job. I think it’s going to be a great game on Saturday. Not all the time you get to play for the team that’s in your home state. I definitely relish that opportunity [of playing against them].”

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