Many thought Temple Owls defensive end Quincy Roche would make a life-changing announcement at the end of season. It just wasn’t the news we all were expecting.
The 2019 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year announced on Twitter today that he will put his name in the transfer portal.
One would have to assume that whatever feedback he got from NFL scouts was to stick it out another season at the collegiate level. It was presumed by many that Roche had done everything he needed to forego his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Instead, he will play his college football elsewhere next year.
Roche finished the 2019 season with the Owls leader in tackles for loss (19) and the single-season record holder for sacks (13). He owns the AAC record for career sacks with 26 and most tackles for loss in a single season. He finishes his career at Temple with 137 total tackles, 39.5 of which were for a loss. The 26 career sacks ties Dan Klecko for second most in school history. He also forced six fumbles and recovered five loose balls.
This is purely speculation, but reuniting with Matt Rhule at Baylor is a possibility. Tight end Kenny Yeboah recently committed to Baylor after entering the transfer portal following the regular season. Roche is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.