It’s one of the most hectic times of the college football season. Some teams are preparing for conference championship games, others await their bowl destination, and for many teams that didn’t qualify for bowl seasons, personnel changes are occurring — both among the coaching staff and in the transfer portal.
The Temple Owls are one of those teams in the latter category after missing bowl eligibility for the fourth consecutive season. On Tuesday evening, starting quarterback E.J. Warner announced his entry into the transfer portal via Twitter, thanking head coach Stan Drayton, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, and Temple University for his two years in Philadelphia.
Thank You Temple! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RoOGRBDBx8— Elijah "EJ" Warner (@elijah13warner) November 28, 2023
Warner recently completed his true sophomore campaign, firing for 3,076 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions on a 57.5 completion rate in nine starts. He was the star of Temple’s 25th-ranked passing offense, delivering four 300-yard (and two 400-yard) performances across his final five starts. The 2023 season was Warner’s second-straight year eclipsing 3,000 passing yards and the quarterback posted similar numbers as a true freshman in 2022. He has four career 400-yard showings, including a 527-yard outburst in the 2022 finale against East Carolina.
Although Warner was not renowned for his numbers in the rushing department, he remained elusive in the pocket and only absorbed 16 sacks in two seasons despite throwing an extraordinarily high 888 passing attempts.
Warner leaves Temple ranked fourth in program history in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He is responsible for two of the three 3,000-yard passing seasons in Temple history, checking in at second and third behind current Cleveland Browns quarterback P.J. Walker’s 2016 campaign. His 23 touchdown passes in 2023 were the most in a season by any Temple quarterback ever.
Warner is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP quarterback Kurt Warner, who starred for the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. E.J. grew up in Arizona thanks to Kurt’s stint with the Cardinals and attended Brophy Prep in Phoenix. He was a three-star recruit ranked 15th in the state among pocket passers, receiving offers from UConn, Ball State, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Hawaii, and Marshall.
Other FBS schools the Warner family shares a connection with include Kansas State and Nebraska, as E.J.’s older brother Kade played wide receiver at both schools. Temple’s offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf served as Kade’s offensive coordinator at Nebraska.
Warner’s transfer destination has not been revealed at this time. He still has two years of eligibility remaining.