Temple is coming off a 3-7 season. For the first time since 2011, the Tigers will have some continuity at the head coaching position. Warren Butler is back for his second season. Having a full off-season with his squad has made a world of difference in fall camp.
"Well they're running the same program they ran last year, so they're a lot more comfortable. They know their schemes. They've been through spring ball. They've been through team camp this summer at Maud. You know they've had a good summer and a good fall and a good spring," Butler said.
"I feel like everybody is just getting more comfortable in the routine we do every day and just the work ethic. He's just got us out here working really hard," added senior Dalton Dennison. "I mean he knows what kind of talent we have and what we bring so we're just giving him everything we've got every day."
The Tigers return seven starters on both sides of the ball. They welcome back their complete offensive and defensive lines to go along with a couple standouts at the skill positions in Dennison and Marco Laguna. It's a squad that is talented enough to make some noise in district two, if they can regain the winning attitude Temple has long been known for.
"What we're working on this year is dealing with our hearts. Being able to get down to that true grit and get in and get down and dirty and when times get tough, when adversity hits us, that we stand up to the call and go on and push on through," Butler said.
"Those things kind of held us back last year because our kids have been covered up by good kids before. Now they've no longer been covered up. So we're looking for big things from this group of kids."