When the Temple Wildcats begin their 2019 season Aug. 30 at Round Rock Cedar Ridge, they’ll find out how well they can handle the proverbial heat of varsity football competition.
During their first official practice Monday evening in helmets, jerseys and shorts, a reported 141 Temple seniors, juniors and sophomores had to deal with the actual heat: a temperature exceeding 100 degrees when they began at 6 p.m. and a heat index of 101 when they finished in near-darkness at 8:30.
“I mean, you just adapt to it. You’re wearing helmets for the first time since spring ball, so you adjust to that and then forget about it after you start playing ball,” said Temple senior safety and recent Tulsa commitment Damarco Williams, a projected leader on a new-look defense. “Everybody is just getting back into the groove, working on their craft, technique and fundamentals. The focus is on doing your job and assignment.”