Tony Temple Scouting Report

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Tony Temple Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: SEC
School: Missouri Tigers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #22
Height & Weight: 5'9 - 210 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Tony Temple, RB, Missouri

If Temple had played every game in his collegiate career like he did in bowl games, he would be a first-day guy. As is, the former Tiger could prove to be a late-round steal. Temple elected to enter the draft instead of appealing for an extra year of eligibility, after he was injured in 2004 in the only game that he played in, ending a redshirt season against Nebraska in the eighth game of the season and subsequently getting injured after only six carries. After sitting out the rest of the season, Temple came back in 2005 and ran for 437 yards and three touchdowns, serving primarily as Marcus Woods' backup, though he did start two games, including the Independence Bowl against South Carolina. In 2006, Temple became the starter and ran for 1,063 yards and seven touchdowns, and was named honorable mention All-Big 12. His biggest game of the year came in the Sun Bowl against Oregon State, where he ran for a bowl-record 194 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, he faced the same situation, needing a monster performance in a bowl game to go over 1,000 yards, and he couldn't have picked a finer time to have a career-best game, running for a Cotton Bowl-record 281 yards and four touchdowns against Darren McFadden and Arkansas in a 38-7 victory. Temple's final run of the game was a 40-yard touchdown run, and it put him over the 1,000 yard mark at 1,039 yards. Temple was named honorable mention All-Big 12 for the second straight season, and finished the season with 12 rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. He wasn't invited to the combine, but he made it up for at Missouri's Pro Day, running a solid 4.49 in the 40. At 5'9, he's not a big guy height-wise, but he packs a punch in his 210-pound frame. Unfortunately, he has had some issues with injury. Along with the 2004 injury, he missed a lot of time in his senior season in high school due to injury, and this past season, he missed camp time with a knee bruise and two games due to an ankle sprain. He also got in trouble in June 2006, getting arrested for punching a restaurant worker, and was sentenced to probation and community service. However, a team will give him a chance. At best, he'll be drafted in the last couple of rounds, but if he goes undrafted, don't be surprised to see him make a 53-man roster as a free agent.

Last Updated Apr-26-2008 by Joel Welser

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