Temple Football Spring Game Preview: Cherry & White Game Kicks Off Saturday Morning

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Steve Addazio of the Temple Owls celebrates after the Owls scored against the Maryland Terrapins during the second quarter at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Temple football's annual Cherry & White Game kicks off Saturday morning at 11 a.m. One player to watch: Nate Smith, younger brother of former Philadelphia Eagles tight end L.J. Smith.

The Cherry & White Game, Temple football's annual spring game, kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Tickets for the free event will be available at the Lincoln Financial Field Box Office on game day beginning at 9 a.m. Despite admission being free, tickets are needed for entrance to the stadium.

Nate Smith is one player for Temple fans to keep an eye on during the scrimmage. The redshirt freshman middle linebacker has impressed during the spring season, and coaches believe he has a chance to claim the starting job.

"He's a very instinctive player," Owls coach Steve Addazio said of the redshirt freshman middle linebacker. "He's still learning but, boy, he plays fast, and he makes plays.

"So I like what I've seen out of him right now. He's just got to keep growing as a player and make sure he's accountable."

Smith is the younger brother of L.J. Smith, the former Rutgers tight end who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Full Cherry & White rosters can be found here.

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