A look at the numbers indicates Nate Smith had a tremendous freshman season as the starting middle linebacker for the Temple football team.
Smith was second on the Owls with 75 tackles, led the unit with 6.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, and was second with 3.5 sacks.
But after the spring new head coach Matt Rhule noted he needed to see more out of Smith, and the linebacker agreed.
The Temple football team came into the spring looking for a replacement at middle linebacker for Stephen Johnson.
After an impressive performance by a pair of inside linebackers in the Cherry and White Game this month, the Owls might have found two.
Redshirt freshman Nate Smith has been the leading candidate, but mid-year addition Tyler Matakevich from Milford (Ct.) Academy also impressed.
Nate Smith will be working over the next few months to earn the starting middle linebacker position on the Temple football team.
He’ll also be working to make a name for himself – literally his name for himself.
Temple recruited another Nate Smith, a highly regarded defensive back, who will join the Owls in the summer.