Temple Owls Fans are a buzz with the possibilities Robby Anderson’s return to Temple University could mean for the Owls’ offense.
Nov 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Temple Owls wide receiver Robby Anderson (19) catches a pass during the second quarter against the UCF Knights at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA, (C+P) — What if.
These are two simple words that hold a lot of weight. At some point, everyone ponders it themselves. It is a dangerous game to play, but it is also fun. The “What-if” game is a staple in sports, and now Temple University finds itself in a what-if scenario. On Sunday night, a report on Owlscoop.com stated a source has told them that Robbie Anderson has re-enrolled at Temple.
Anderson had a superb first year with the Owls. In 2013, he had 44 receptions for 791 yards and nine touchdown catches. He also was a part of the return game, averaging 21.5 yards per return. He did leave the school due to an academic issue. Anderson then enrolled at Florida Tech but did not play a down with the Panthers.
So what if Anderson came back to the team? The first thing that the 6 foot 3 receiver would add is big play potential. If he were to return, the offense would have the potential to be prolific. Anderson would add to a diverse group of wide receivers and add multiple possibilities. Romond Deloatch and Keith Kirkwood are both big receivers. Add experienced receivers John Christopher, Brandon Shippen, and Sam Benjamin and you have the opportunity of having a dynamic receiving core.
If a defense were to concentrate on the outside receivers, Temple still has tight ends Colin Thompson and spring game standout Kip Patton to occupy safeties and linebackers. Also, running backs Jahad Thomas, Jamie Gilmore and Zaire Williams have the capability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
What if quarterback P.J. Walker had Anderson as a weapon? Walker not only would be able to work with a receiver he is comfortable playing with, he could rebound and potentially put up better numbers than his 2013 campaign.
The onus now falls on Anderson to make the right decisions, study hard, and prove that he can be a member of the Temple Owls offense. If he can accomplish those tasks, some good things are in store for the Temple offense. If not, Temple Owls fans will be asking the question:
What if Robbie Anderson stayed with Temple throughout his career.
It would not be an easy answer to stomach in Philadelphia.