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Temple junior T Dion Dawkins is "a terrific pass protector with a nice degree of athleticism and foot quickness," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline grades the third-year Dawkins as a Rd. 4 prospect. That's the highest preseason grade that he gave to any American Athletic Conference prospect. "My grade is based as much on Dawkins potential as his present playing skill," Pauline wrote.
Jun 28 - 4:47 PM

Temple senior OLB Tyler Matakevich is "just a good football player with a sixth sense for what’s happening on the field," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He’s not the greatest athlete but when I watch Matakevich I’m reminded of Stephen Boyd, a fifth round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1995 who went on to become a four time Pro Bowl selection," Pauline wrote. The analyst gives Matakevich a preseason Rds. 5-6 grade. Matakevich has 355 career tackles and had 10.5 TFL last year.
Jun 28 - 4:16 PM

Former Temple redshirt senior WR Robbie Anderson is "worth monitoring," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Anderson, an intriguing prospect in 2013 who has fallen off the map due to academic and personal problems, will reportedly play at Florida Tech this season. He was on the Day 3 line a few years ago, but should be able to at least garner post-draft free agent offers with a decent campaign.
Jun 28 - 3:15 PM

Temple agreed to a four-year contract extension with HC Matt Rhule.

The 40-year-old Rhule led the Owls to a 6-6 record in 2014, his second season. "Matt Rhule is one of the best young coaches in college football and we are excited that he will be at the helm of Temple Football through at least 2021," said athletic director Dr. Patrick Kraft. "Matt has the program heading in the right direction, especially as we enter a very promising season on the gridiron, and we are confident that he is the right person to take the program to even greater heights."
Jun 25 - 4:50 PM

Temple senior OLB Tyler Matakevich "may be the best kept secret nationally on what may be college football's best kept secret defense overall," believes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Owls jumped from 2-10 to 6-6 in Matt Rhule's first two years, and they did it behind a defense that allowed only 17.5 points per game and 4.75 yards per play," Brown wrote. "Matakevich has been everywhere, and he's done it for three years." The Owls' vicious defense returns 10 starters, none more prominent than Matakevich, a stud in run defense who must work on his coverage skills to improve his draft stock. He has 355 career tackles and had 10.5 TFL last year.
Jun 22 - 9:11 PM

Temple senior C Kyle Friend has done 43 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

This is off-the-charts strength. Consider this: Ereck Flowers led the combine this past season with 37 reps. The last player to exceed 43 bench reps at the combine was Dontari Poe (44 reps in 2012). Friend has made 33 consecutive starts and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 9:10 PM

Temple redshirt freshman WR Ventell Bryant is "turning heads" during offseason activities.

"He is the starter right now for us at wideout and will only get better and better as his body continues to develop as a young kid," head coach Matt Rhule said. Bryant redshirted his first season with Temple, but all signs point to the second year player being a focal point of Temple's offense in 2015.
Source: Philly.com
Jun 10 - 10:49 AM

Pitt sophomore WR Adonis Jennings will transfer to Temple.

Jennings will seek a "family situation" waiver to play immediately, but currently he has three more years of eligibility on top of a redshirt season. Jennings committed to Rutgers out of high school before switching to Pitt. He then chose Temple of Rutgers. He caught six passes for 55 yards in 2014.
Mar 15 - 11:20 AM

Pittsburgh freshman WR Adonis Jennings announced he will transfer.

"He was recruited to Pitt by then-receivers coach Bobby Engram, who left the Panthers for a job with the Baltimore Ravens shortly after Signing Day," reported Scout.com. "Engram informed Jennings that he was leaving prior to Signing Day, but Jennings didn’t have any time to visit other schools and stuck with Pitt. A source close to Jennings indicated that Engram’s departure played a role in Jennings’ decision to transfer, even though it happened prior to Signing Day." It's possible that Paul Chryst's departure for Wisconsin sealed the deal on Jennings' own exit. Rutgers, Arkansas and Iowa have already been mentioned as potential landing spots. The four-star 2014 recruit was ranked as the No. 38 WR in the country. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Jennings caught six passes for 55 yards across six appearances this season.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 10 - 11:15 PM

Temple junior CB Tavon Young had a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's 26-point victory over UConn.

"That makes three picks in four games this season for Young who’s developing into a terrific prospect," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline observed. "Sporadically used in the starting line-up the prior two seasons, Young offers opportunistic ball skills and the junior projects well as a dime back for the next level." Young ranked fourth on the team with 51 total tackles (39 solos) last year.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 07:17:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Temple junior OLB Tyler Matakevich will "find a way to produce" in the NFL.

Matakevich helped the Owls hold the favored SEC opponent Vanderbilt to 54 yards rushing and two rushing first downs in Saturday's upset win. "The junior linebacker was constantly around the ball, playing smart, tough football and leading Temple in tackles," Pauline wrote. "Matakevich is not the biggest linebacker rather and instinctive defender with an aggressive game and a prospect who’ll find a way to produce at the next level." Pauline graded Matakevich as a Round 6 preseason prospect, writing last month: "I like his ability to play in several schemes and he could develop into a middle round pick if he continues to improve."
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Temple redshirt senior CB Anthony Robey will be hurt during the evaluation process by his poor measurables, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Robey is a good football player with poor size/speed numbers," Pauline wrote. "He’s the type of prospect who goes undrafted but makes a roster as a nickel back/special teams player." Pauline currently does not have a draftable grade attached to Robey, whom he sees as a priority free agent type. Robey stands 5-foot-10, 190 pounds.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 10:53:00 PM

Former Temple redshirt junior WR Robbie Anderson "has NFL receiver skills," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Owls' top receiver in 2013 finished with 44 catches for 791 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the first two games of the season. "I’m told Robby Anderson, who has NFL receiver skills but struggles in the classroom and with the playbook, is attending junior college in the state of Florida with the hopes of getting his grades up and resuming his college career, though not necessarily at Temple," Pauline wrote. "Here’s hoping it works out for him." Anderson left the program briefly last offseason but ended up returning as a walk-on without a scholarship. The 6-foot-3 receiver reportedly terminated his enrollment for good over the winter because of academic problems. Pauline currently grades Anderson as a Rd. 7 or UDFA prospect. Of course, the prospect has a few seasons of eligibility left to transcend that projection.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 09:02:00 PM

Temple junior OLB Tyler Matakevich could be a mid-round selection if he maximizes his talent, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline grades Matakevich as a Round 6 preseason prospect. "Matakevich is a high effort player and well rounded in all areas of the linebacker position," he wrote. "I like his ability to play in several schemes and he could develop into a middle round pick if he continues to improve."
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 07:00:00 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Temple junior C Kyle Friend "will turn heads at the NFL Combine down the road."

"A former prep wrestling star is the anchor of the Owls' offense and will turn heads at the NFL Combine down the road," Feldman wrote. The Temple prospect began his career as the Owls starting guard as a true freshman and then made the move to center. Friend has started in 16 consecutive games for the Owls, since moving from guard. As a sophomore, he made an impact on the field and off the field, as he was named one of the four captains for the Owls and made the BIG EAST All-academic team.
Source: FOX Sports
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 11:30:00 AM


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