Whenever the name of Tre Colbert or Phillip Haskins III blares from a stadium’s loudspeakers, longtime observers of Temple Wildcats football might be thinking, “Hmm . . . that name sounds familiar.”
And both names should. Long before the sturdy senior defensive tackles were pressuring quarterbacks and dragging down running backs for the Wildcats, their fathers were doing the same thing Temple in the 1990s.
Colbert’s dad, Roderick Colbert, was a hard-hitting linebacker in the mid-1990s. Haskins’ dad, Phillip Haskins Jr., excelled at nose guard and linebacker in the late 1990s. Also, Colbert and Haskins said several of their uncles played for the Wildcats.
Colbert and Haskins said they often speak with Belton defensive coordinator Bryce Monsen, who was a former Temple assistant coach under Bob McQueen when their fathers played for the Wildcats.
“Coach Monsen tells us we’re good athletes, just like our dads,” said Haskins, who’s watched old VHS tapes of his father’s games.
“He says, ‘Man, I wish I could’ve coached y’all,’” Colbert said.
Temple certainly is happy its roster includes the younger versions of Colbert and Haskins.