Temple's Young, Robinson earn national honors

Temple's Young, Robinson earn national honors
September 1, 2014, 3:30 pm

Temple CB Tavon Young and DL Averee Robinson each accounted for two Vanderbilt turnovers in Thursday's 37-7 win. (USA Today Images)

For their efforts in the Owls’ 37-7 drubbing of Vanderbilt on Thursday, cornerback Tavon Young and defensive tackle Averee Robinson earned weekly player of the week honors.

Young was named the defensive player of the week by the American Athletic Conference. The junior corner picked off two Commodore passes, playing a role in two of Vanderbilt’s seven total turnovers. He also added two tackles.

Robinson was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) national defensive performer of the week. The sophomore lineman recovered two Vanderbilt fumbles, including one he returned for a 55-yard touchdown just before halftime.

Young and Robinson played major roles in Temple's defensive performance that held Vanderbilt to only 278 total yards, spoiling head coach Derek Mason’s team debut.

The Owls' defense shut out the Commodores' offense. Vanderbilt's only points came on a botched Temple punt snap in its own end zone that Oren Burks fell on for the score.

To round out the weekly honors, quarterback P.J. Walker was an honorable mention by the AAC after he threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns, adding another touchdown on the ground.

The Owls will try to capitalize on the momentum, taking on Navy in their home-opener Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.

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