Source: WR Robby Anderson out at Temple

Source: WR Robby Anderson out at Temple
February 6, 2014, 9:30 am
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Robby Anderson was Temple's leading reciever in 2013 with 44 catches for 791 yards and nine touchdowns. (USA Today Images)

Temple's top receiving threat Robby Anderson is no longer enrolled at the university, a source told on Thursday.

As a redshirt sophomore, the 6-foot-3 Anderson led Temple in 2013 with 44 catches for 791 yards and nine touchdowns.

Anderson actually spent time away from the program last offseason, going home to Florida to deal with what were described as personal issues. He returned to school without a scholarship and as a walk-on.

After sitting out Temple's first two games of the season, Anderson was converted from cornerback to wide receiver and became an instant threat. He displayed immediate chemistry with freshman quarterback P.J. Walker and caught all nine of his touchdowns in the final five games of the season, all from Walker.

Although Anderson came back to Temple last year, he is not expected to do so this time around, nor is he expected to transfer. The source indicated Anderson's departure is related to academics.

As he's been out of high school for three years, Anderson is eligible for the NFL draft should he choose to go that route. 

As for where this leaves Temple at wideout, the Owls return two other key contributors in senior Jalen Fitzpatrick (38 catches, 429 yards, 3 TDs) and redshirt junior John Christopher (31 catches, 331 yards, 2 TDs). Sam Benjamin and Khalif Herbin also return after redshirting last season.

In terms of replacing Anderson's height, Temple did manage to ink six wide receivers on National Signing Day on Wednesday (see story), three of whom are 6-foot-3 or taller.

Also on Thursday, Temple announced that former quarterback Adam DiMichele, who spent 2013 with the Owls as a graduate assistant, has been promoted to wide receivers coach.