Former Kingswood Oxford football standouts Koby Quansah and Isaiah Wright will once again share the field, only this time they will be opponents rather than NEPSAC Bowl winning teammates.
Quansah, a linebacker for Duke, and Wright, a do-everything offensive weapon and All-American at Temple, will meet when the Blue Devils and Owls face each other in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27.
“It’s crazy. We never thought we’d get a chance to play each other and now the opportunity has come. We were already talking a little bit once we found out we were playing each other,” Quansah said. “It should be very interesting. It is going to be all love. I told him I was going to smack him and then love him up after. It’s going to be a real good time to see him again.”
A junior linebacker, Quansah played in nine games this season for the Blue Devils and recorded 33 tackles, including three tackles for a loss. He had eight tackles in a season-opening win over Army and 10 in the regular season final against Wake Forest.
He is looking forward to getting one more chance to step on the field this season.
“It’s a great opportunity for the team to be in another bowl game. It’s so much preparation for the next season,” Quansah said. “The way we take these extra practices to heart will be key. It helps recruiting wise that we have the opportunity to play an extra game. It’s another way to display our talents and display what Duke football is all about.”
Temple was 8-4 this season and 7-1 in the AAC, the second best record in the conference behind unbeaten and No. 8 Central Florida, which is headed to the Fiesta Bowl to take on No. 11 LSU on Jan. 1.
The Owls won six of their final seven games, with their only loss coming to UCF. Wright had 33 receptions for 368 yards and three TDs this season and was a threat to score any time he touched the ball.
Wright was recently named the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Special Teams Player of the Year. A junior, Wright became the first Temple player to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in consecutive seasons.
Wright accumulated 1,428 all-purpose yards this season and scored seven total touchdowns. He returned two punts for scored and had a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown against Connecticut this season.
Wright also ranks second in the nation in combined kick return yards with 976. Wright has scored in four different ways (rush, reception, punt return, and kick return) in back-to-back seasons. He is the only player to accomplish this feat in the last decade.
"I'm beyond honored and grateful to be named All-Conference and Special Teams Player Of The Year," Wright said. "I think these rewards are a testament to all the hard work we put in going into this season. These rewards definitely mean a lot.”
Wright was also a First Team All-AAC selection as a kick returner. The Sporting News recently announced its All-America Team for the 2018 college football season and named Wright to the first-team as a returner.