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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Temple DL Jullian Taylor has worked out for nearly half the league as of late.

Pauline has been high on Taylor (6'5/295) for some time now, and sources tell him that if the former Temple Owl would have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, he could have been a Day 2 pick. As is, Taylor probably goes in the middle of Day 3 in large part thanks to his strong pro day, but Pauline notes that the Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are last-minute adds to work the defender out.
Apr 24 - 8:16 PM

An AFC linebackers coach told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Temple edge-rusher Jacob Martin "has a chance" as a pass-rush specialist.

"He's a little on the small side but I could see him playing as a rotational backup as long as he is good on special teams," the coach said. "I think he has a chance as a rusher if he can add more moves to his rush." Zierlein mentioned Martin as a potential "diamond in the rough" earlier in April, and notes his relentless motor and plus athleticism (4.59 second 40 yard dash). Zierlein projects him to go late on Day 3, and he could be a potential steal if he does show effectiveness as a pass-rusher that late.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 3:19 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein mentions Temple edge-rusher Jacob Martin as a potential "diamond in the rough" among the draft class.

Quietly, Martin (6'2/250) had an excellent season for the Owls, accumulating 11.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. It sounds like Zierlein believes those numbers can translate -- to a point -- to the next level. "Martin has similar size and testing numbers to former Owl and 2017 first-round pick Haason Reddick," he writes. "Martin plays with good upfield burst as a rusher and has a better rush plan than expected." Expect to see Martin go on Day 3, and he could be a steal if he shows those same traits at the NFL level.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 6:11 PM

Temple DL Jullian Taylor had a predraft official visit with the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Hat tip to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline with this one. In addition to the Raiders, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Taylor has also seen interest from the Cardinals and Titans. Pauline's outlet stamps the Temple product with a sixth-round grade for the draft, while DraftScout.com more conservatively views him as a likely undrafted free agent.
Apr 3 - 4:47 PM

Temple DL Jullian Taylor will visit with three teams, including the Cardinals.

Taylor also has five workouts, including the Titans. This is a name we haven't heard of before, and apparently few teams had prior to the season. But Taylor apparently transformed his body from 240 pounds to 295 pounds and is drawing plenty of interest.
Mar 21 - 11:10 AM

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke said that he would not support a proposed $125 million plan to build an on-campus stadium at Temple.

Temple's proposed stadium has drawn opposition from community organizations, with Reverend Bill Moore -- who represents the No Deal Coalition -- saying that "[w]e do not feel that a 35,000 seat stadium fits in a residential block." Temple has a signed lease with Lincoln Financial Field through the 2019 season, though where they might turn after that is an open question at this juncture.
Source: KWY 1060
Mar 17 - 8:04 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Temple S Sean Chandler to Los Angeles Chargers S Jahleel Addae.

Zierlein refers to the 6-foot, 190-pound Chandler as a "limited safety who could become a solid backup," noting that he possesses a "load of intangibles." On the more critical side of the ledger, the analyst notes that the Temple product is somewhat undersized and that his range might not be up to snuff to stick at safety in the pros (Chandler also has experience at corner). His combine performance did nothing to help his case as he tries for a late Day 3 selection, unfortunately, with Chandler posting a composite athletic testing score in just the first percentile of NFL safeties.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 3:24 PM

Football Scoop reports that Temple defensive quality control assistant Josh Linam is leaving to become the head coach for the Monash Warriors in Australia's Gridiron Victoria League.

Linam will be heading down under after working for one year at Temple. He's previously spent solitary years with Florida (2016) and UCF (2015).
Feb 22 - 4:05 PM

Temple is promoting Director of Player Personnel Larry Knight to be the new OLB coach.

Knight will replace Cory Robinson, who is leaving the Owls to be the new DB coach at Rutgers. He joined the staff in February of last year as a quality control coach for defense and recruiting.
Feb 18 - 6:39 PM

Temple hired NC State defensive quality control coach Nathan Burton to serve as safeties coach.

Burton spend the 2017 season with the Wolfpack after a three-campaign stint as defensive coordinator at West Alabama. He first crossed paths with Temple HC Geoff Collins at Georgia Tech in 1999, after walking on at safety. At the time, Collins was working as a graduate assistant in the program.
Feb 13 - 5:03 PM

Temple redshirt sophomore QB Logan Marchi transferred to East Tennessee State.

Marchi (6'0/205) began the 2017 season as Temple's starting quarterback, but seven games into the campaign, he was replaced by Frank Nutile. Nutile proceeded to take the job and run it out to a 4-2 record for the remainder of the campaign. For the year, Marchi passed for 1,658 yards with a 9/8 TD/INT ratio. As he's dropping down to the FCS with East Tennessee State, he'll be eligible to play immediately in 2018.
Jan 9 - 5:06 PM

Temple redshirt sophomore QB Logan Marchi will transfer from the school.

Marchi was the starting quarterback for the Owls for the first seven games, but lost his job to Frank Nutile, who lead them to a 4-2 record and bowl victory. He also told the Philadelphia Inquirer that it's likely he'll transfer to the FCS level, as that will allow him to not have to sit out a season. He finished 2017 with 1,658 passing yards and a 9-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:15:00 PM

Temple sophomore WR Isaiah Wright caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 28-3 win over FIU in the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday.

Wright also had two carries for six yards. It was a relatively quiet game for the sophomore wideout until the fourth quarter, when the 6-foot-2, 214-pound athlete showed his speed on a 45-yard touchdown to put the game out of the way at 21-3. Wright is a potential breakout candidate; an athletic, big wideout who can make tacklers miss. He and the Owls have a real chance of doing some damage in the AAC come 2018.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 12:03:00 AM

Temple senior WR Keith Kirkwood snagged six passes for 96 yards in a 28-3 victory over FIU in the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday.

Kirkwood didn't score, but he did help the Owls move the chains on several occasions, and set up two of the Owls scores with big catches. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound wideout was one of the few consistent performers for the Owls this season, scoring seven touchdowns and consistently hauling in three-to-five passes for a passing game that was ugly until Frank Nutile took over at quarterback. Because of his size, he could see some looks as a late-round prospect in the NFL Draft.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:54:00 PM

Temple redshirt RB David Hood rushed for 76 yards and a score on 14 carries in a 28-3 victory over FIU on Thursday in the Gasparilla Bowl.

Hood (5'9/190) was mostly held in check in the first half, but came to life over the final 30 minutes. His biggest play was a 29-yard rush with the Owls inside their own 10, and he also rushed for a one-yard plunge late in the third quarter. Hood came on strong over the final month of the season, rushing for at least 75 yards in the Owls last four games and scoring three touchdowns in that time frame. He should see more touches to start the year in 2018, and could be a potential All-AAC performer if he continues to develop.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:50:00 PM


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