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Four-star DE Karamo Dioubate signed with Temple.

Dioubate took official visits to Michigan State and South Carolina in late January, but the Philadelphia native ultimately chose to stay closer to home. At 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, he's a "powerful player who can help stabilize a defensive line," according to ESPN 300. He ranks as their 91st overall player in the 2016 class. It's possible that with added bulk, he could move to defensive tackle down the road.
Feb 4 - 2:23 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris preaches caution when it does to the great week of Senior Bowl practices Temple DL Matthew Ioannidis is having.

"Ioannidis won multiple 1 on 1 reps on day 1, which surprised me," he wrote. "After reviewing them, Ioannidis crossed over multiple gaps on a few occasions, something that would not be possible with a unit of five linemen moving in unison off the snap. This is a common occurrence and another reason why the drill is set up for the defensive players to win." The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Ioannidis has been praised by the NFL Network's Mike Mayock for his work in practice.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 29 - 9:24 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock came away from Tuesday's Senior Bowl sessions highly impressed with the defensive tackle group.

"We knew going in the deepest positional group was defensive tackle, and boy did that hold true," he said. "I thought Matt Ioannidis from Temple had a great day. I thought the kid from Louisiana Tech, Vernon Butler, had a phenomenal day. But the topper was Adolphus Washington from Ohio State. He was all over the field in one-on-one drills; he was too quick, too stout. He was great in team drills. I thought he put on a show." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has also reported positively about his early impressions of both Ioannidis and Butler.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 6:10 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been most surprised at Senior Bowl practices by Temple DL Matthew Ioannidis.

"The Temple Owl was disruptive in every single drill," Norris wrote. "I will closely be monitoring his play tomorrow and when reviewing practice film tomorrow night." The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was highly disruptive in Temple's elite defense last year. Ioannidis could potentially play inside or outside at the next level.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 27 - 1:41 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler writes that Temple OLB Tyler Matakevich's "lack of ideal size, strength and athleticism are question marks that make his next level evaluation tough to project."

Matakevich is a player who's done everything spectacularly on the football field, yet might be overlooked in the draft due to his physical tools (or lack thereof). He might not burn the combine to the ground, but Brugler notes that beyond outward measurements, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Temple product might be "able to mask [his] physical limitations due to superior instincts." And Brugler is very, very high on those instincts, writing that Matakevich demonstrates "first round quality anticipation and diagnose skills." This past season, he won the Bednarik Award thanks to his 126 tackles (15 for loss), five picks, 4.5 sacks and five pass breakups. He'll look to boost his stock during the Senior Bowl practice week and could be a legitimate sleeper to make an impact at the NFL level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 25 - 11:21 PM

Temple WR Robby Anderson could go in mid-Day 3 if he shows well in the postseason, believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Anderson was forced to sit out last year due to academic transgressions but returned to post a 70-939-7 line. "Though sheer determination Anderson, who was not even graded by scouts entering the season, returned to Temple and improved upon his junior campaign, leading the upstart Owls in receiving," Pauline wrote. "He’s a reliable receiver but is Anderson a next level athlete with Sunday speed? The ability to separate down the field during one-on-one drills and effortlessly catch the deep ball could help Anderson move into the middle of the draft’s final day." The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Anderson is one of our favorite prospects at the East-West Shrine Game.
Jan 18 - 7:03 PM

Temple WR Robby Anderson will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Out of the spotlight, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Anderson had a highly underrated final season. After sitting out last season for academic reasons, Anderson returned to post a 70-939-7 line, tremendously impressive in Temple's impotent passing offense. We think there's a good chance he hears his name called on Day 3.
Jan 15 - 7:01 PM

Temple redshirt senior WR Robby Anderson caught six passes for 66 yards in Tuesday's 32-17 loss to Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Anderson was just about the only bright spot for the Owls offense, which derailed against the underrated Rocket defense. RB Jahad Thomas finished with only five rushing yards and QB P.J. Walker was under constant pressure. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Anderson is out of eligibility but his football playing days aren't over. He has a decent chance to get popped on Day 3.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 03:57:00 PM

According to CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang, Temple senior OLB Tyler Matakevich is "a self-made player who could prove a late-round steal."

"Just the seventh player in FBS history to record 100-plus tackles four years in a row," Rang wrote, "Matakevich will draw comparisons to former Miami Dolphins star Zach Thomas for his instincts, physicality and reliable open-field tackling." Of course, Thomas is the poster-child of gritty, undersized linebackers, which led Rang to drop the inevitable caveat about the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Matakevich's "lack of ideal size and speed." These concerns didn't stop him from winning the Bednarik Award earlier this month, on the strength of a 2015 campaign that saw him rack up 126 tackles (15 for loss), five interceptions, 4.5 sacks and five pass breakups.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 08:43:00 PM

Temple will field 26 players with college degrees when they play Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22.

Five Owls are playing as graduate students, while 21 earned their undergraduate degrees during the fall semester. HC Matt Rhule's predictably proud of his team's success with the book learnin', saying that "if you want to be the best student you can be, then you will probably also be competitive on the football field." Temple finished the 2015 campaign as the seventh-best team in terms of Academic Progress Rate.
Source: philly.com
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:37:00 PM

Temple senior OLB Tyler Matakevich won the Bednarik Award (top defender).

Matakevich finished the regular season with 126 tackles, 15 TFL, five interceptions, 4.5 sacks and five pass breakups. He's the seventh player in FBS history to record 100 tackles in each of his four seasons. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compares Matakevich to former Lion Stephen Boyd and gave him a preseason Rds. 5-6 grade.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 04:22:00 PM

Temple senior CB Tavon Young accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Young isn't big, but he's going to be given a fair shake by the NFL because of the monster season he just had. Notably, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior held Notre Dame star William Fuller to five catches for 46 yards. CBS Sports' Rob Rang projects him for slot duties at the next level. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says Young "plays tough, mistake free football."
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:08:00 PM

Temple senior OLB Tyler Matakevich has been named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given annually to the nation's top defensive player.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Matakevich has been a tackling machine all season long for the Owls, racking up 126 tackles this season, with 15 tackles for loss, including five interceptions, 4.5 sacks and five pass breakups. The undersized Matakevich became the seventh player in FBS history to record 100 tackles in each of his four seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Temple (10-3) will play Toledo (9-2) in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on December 22.

The Owls and Rockets are scheduled for a 7:00 PM EST kickoff three days before Christmas. Temple's currently a 1-point favorite in the matchup. They can breathe a sigh of relief, too, as HC Matt Rhule won't be cutting and running. He agreed to a six-year extension on Monday. Toledo offers a pass defense surrendering a shade over 260 yards through the air on average, which could lead to a nice day for junior QB P.J. Walker. Walker's thrown for 2,737 yards with a 19/7 TD/INT ratio. While he only has one game with more than two touchdown passes, he's proven to be incredibly consistent, with at least one of 'em in every game except for the team's season-opening win against Penn State.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 08:31:00 PM

Temple and head coach Matt Rhule have agreed to a new six-year contract.

Rhule was sought after by many larger programs, namely Missouri, but backed out last week and the result is a new contract. He has done a great job at Temple, especially defensively.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:48:00 AM


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