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Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman names Temple senior C Kyle Friend his No. 16 "freaks" in college football.

"One of several holdovers from last year’s Freaks list, the 6-2, 305-pound senior continues to wow folks inside the Owls program. This offseason, Friend -- a guy who has started 33 consecutive games -- benched 225 pounds 46 times and also ran the 40 in 4.95 seconds," Feldman writes. Friend began his Temple career as the Owls starting guard as a true freshman, but ended up making the transition to center. The Temple prospect is one of the Owls' team leaders and is currently on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 12 - 2:43 PM

Temple redshirt senior WR Robby Anderson is eligible to play this season.

Anderson sat out last season for academic reasons but worked his way back into good favor. The news is great for Temple, as Anderson led the school in yards (791) and touchdowns (nine) in 2013. The Owls begin practice on Thursday.
Aug 4 - 10:26 AM

Temple junior QB P.J. Walker was named to the Manning Watch List, which honors 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation, heading into the 2015 season.

Last season, Walker threw for 2,317 yards (second best in Temple history) and completed 203 of 381 passes, with 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The Temple prospect also added in 324 rushing yards (3.1 avg.) and three touchdowns.
Jul 24 - 3:16 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes Temple senior C Kyle Friend "has to be one of the most frustrating players to play against in all of college football."

Friend has a wholesome, inviting name, but you don't want to be lined up across from this nasty brawler on the line of scrimmage. He boasts a "relentless, aggressive blocking style, and bringing raw strength and physicality to the center of the Owls offensive line as a former high school wrestler," according to Brown. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound senior has made 33 consecutive starts and has done 43 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press. He's on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Jul 16 - 5:25 PM

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


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