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Temple gridder transfers to Cal U

| Thursday, May 8, 2003

CALIFORNIA - Suddenly, Temple has become a pipeline of sorts for the California University football program.

Dan Bosnic, one of the Owls' starting tight ends in 2002, transferred Wednesday to Cal U. The former standout at Laurel Highlands follows quarterback Greg Dapper, who transferred back in mid-January. Bosnic will be junior-eligible.

"We got ourselves a great kid, a good athlete and a solid blocker," Cal U coach John Luckhardt said. "Temple changed offenses, making the tight end far less prominent; there were a lot of dynamics involved like moving closer to home."

The Vulcans are also reaping the benefits of Temple's expected oust from the Big East.

"Twenty-five of their 30 recruits this year are junior college transfers," Luckhardt said. "They want to win the next two years and get out of there and a lot of the players (already on the roster) they got a bad deal."

Bosnic was originally recruited as a quarterback after leading the WPIAL in passing as a senior with over 1,700 yards. Also a standout in basketball for the Mustangs, Bosnic recorded a 34'-5" vertical leap last spring and was named to the Big East All-Academic Team.

After sustaining a hand injury and missing the 2000 season, Bosnic began practicing with the Owls in spring of 2001 when he switched to his current position. He caught one pass for 23 yards this past season.

With Robin Brown set to graduate, the 6-foot-7, 258-pound Bosnic should fit in nicely with Vulcans' senior tight end Matt Rado.

"Matt has had a tremendous spring; at this stage, we're now strong at tight end and solid at quarterback, tailback and wide receiver," Luckhardt said. "This sets the tone if we want to compete with the Slippery Rocks and IUPs of the world."

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