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April 22, 2012
DT FLETCHER COX, MISSISSIPPI STATE - Tall, athletic and disruptive, some think he could be one of the best defensive players in the draft. His game would fit well with the Eagles. DT DONTARI POE, MEMPHIS - The 346-pound defensive tackle impressed with a stunning 4.98-second 40-yard dash at the combine, but his ability didn't translate into big plays on the field. DT MICHAEL BROCKERS, LSU - Brockers is 6-foot-5 and a powerful force up front but is raw and needs to improve as a pass rusher.
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May 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part Six of an online-only series. Here is a look at the defensive linemen on the Eagles roster: Projected starters DE: Fletcher Cox (6-4, 300), 22, 2nd season; Cedric Thornton (6-4, 309), 24, 2nd season The Eagles are counting on Cox, the 2012 first-round pick, to become a blue-chip player in the Eagles new defense. He showed flashes of stardom last year, including 4 1/2 of his 5 1/2 sacks after joining the starting lineup seven games into the season.
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May 7, 2014
The Eagles signed Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, giving the 6-foot-9, 277-pound defensive lineman his first chance to play football since he was commissioned on May 22, 2010. Villanueva spent the past four years in the Army and served three tours in Afghanistan. He last played football for Army in 2009 and tried out for the Bengals in 2010. The Eagles scouted Villanueva, 25, at the super regional combine in Detroit in April. He will be with the team for the rookie minicamp from May 16-18.
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June 8, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the changes implemented - or yet to be implemented - under Eagles coach Chip Kelly, the most significant may prove to be the transformation of the defensive line. Not only have the Eagles moved to what will likely be a front of three down-lineman, they have altered the responsibilities of linemen who were previously told to think pass-rush first. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis' scheme is a work in progress, but defensive end Cedric Thornton said that he envisions an Eagles line that will focus on stopping the run first and eating up blockers to free up other pass- rushers.
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August 28, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Temple coach Matt Rhule started watching the game film of Notre Dame last week, the play of the Fighting Irish's defensive line was the first thing he noticed. On Monday morning, he was still noticing. The Owls have some depth and considerable size along their offensive line, with Kyle Friend returning at center and the addition of 6-foot-4, 330-pound Maryland transfer Pete White at right guard. But the Fighting Irish went undefeated last season until an Alabama team loaded with future first-round picks across its offensive line destroyed them in the national championship game.
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August 12, 2011
JIM WASHBURN, the Eagles' new defensive line coach, had his leg broken in a sideline collision early last season when he worked for the Tennessee Titans. The experience has not appeared to back him off an inch. Late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 13-6 exhibition win over the Baltimore Ravens - a time and a place that pretty much defined meaninglessness - there Washburn was, still right in the middle of things, getting himself run over again on the sideline. This time, it was by Ravens receiver Justin Harper, as he was being ridden out of bounds.
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August 8, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Taylor Hart and Beau Allen were selected on the third day of the NFL draft, when the odds of hitting on prospects are about as low as betting on the hard eight. But the Eagles loaded the dice and took defensive linemen they knew, and defensive linemen who knew their scheme. Training camp is only 10 practices old, and Friday's preseason opener at Chicago will be the first true test, but Hart and Allen already have drawn praise from teammates and coaches. That's not often the case for rookies taken in the fifth and seventh rounds.
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September 5, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Ohio State's defensive line, now coached by former Penn State coach Larry Johnson, is stocked with future NFL talent. Michigan State's stifling unit is headlined by preseason All-America defensive end Shilique Calhoun. But after taking in the opening week of college football, the preseason talk of premier front fours might have unjustly left a Big Ten unit out of the conversation. "I would say that people overlook us," Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson said.
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April 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love them or hate them, the Eagles' draft picks on the defensive line usually have been memorable. They are rarely boring. They have been stars who set standards of Eagles excellence. They have been colorful. They have been busts of historic proportions. They have been hated and loved and have died tragically early. Start at the top, with Reggie White, who was taken in the 1984 supplemental draft and became one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. He made seven Pro Bowls with the Eagles and six with the Green Bay Packers after leaving as perhaps the most sought-after free agent in NFL history.
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November 20, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's something that Penn State coach James Franklin has said repeatedly: The key to his team's success on either side of the football starts with the guys in the trenches. The defensive line has been excellent all season, but Franklin gave a special shout-out Tuesday to his offensive line for one of its best performances of 2014 that resulted in a season-high 254 yards rushing and a 30-13 win over Temple on Saturday. At his weekly news conference, Franklin credited the return of the Nittany Lions' two most experienced offensive linemen - redshirt junior tackle Donovan Smith and fifth-year senior guard Miles Dieffenbach - with a major assist to the running game, which ranks last in the Big Ten Conference.
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November 16, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown East's offense did not huddle until the waning minutes of Friday night's District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal at Quakertown. When the Cougars finally did, it was simply to run down the clock in a 21-0 victory. The fast-paced Cougars wore down Quakertown's defensive line, rushing the ball 30 times for 120 yards. Keith Conner ran for a pair of touchdowns. East's defense allowed just one first down, which came on the game's first drive. Tight end Cary Angeline racked up 128 first-half receiving yards.
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November 8, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO, ARE ALL successes created equal? Before knocking off East Carolina last Saturday in rainy South Philly, Temple (5-3, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) hadn't beaten a nationally ranked opponent since 1998. Even though it had 34 chances. So that has to be something, right? Yet in the overall scheme, maybe not as much as most of us outside the locker room would surmise. "I think you need every win," said junior defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, one of several players whom coach Matt Rhule singled out for their selflessness in helping to make the victory possible over the Pirates, who were ranked 23rd in the College Football Playoff poll.
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November 6, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S HARD TO DO a meaningful midseason report card on a team that just lost its starting quarterback and its defensive leader. The main purpose of these evaluations isn't so much to recap what happened, but to assess where the team is going, to take its temperature at the midpoint. We were getting ready to do that, going into Game 8, and then the Eagles bit through the thermometer. Nevertheless, here are some ideas on where the NFC East leaders stand halfway through 2014: Stuff that is way better than we'd dared to hope when the season began: * Special teams.
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November 2, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple entered Saturday's game knowing it had to get pressure on East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, and it did, keeping the hot quarterback off his rhythm and holding him without a touchdown pass for the first time this season. The defensive line came up with a huge game, accounting for all four sacks of Carden. "Coach [Matt] Rhule challenged us at the beginning of the week and said this is going to be a great week for the defensive line," said defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, who had three tackles and 11/2 sacks.
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November 1, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
FLETCHER COX' value to the Eagles' defense can't be measured in statistics. The third-year defensive end is seventh on the team in tackles, but that means nothing. He doesn't have any of his team's 19 quarterback sacks, but that really doesn't mean much either. "I can't say enough about Fletcher Cox and what he's done for our pass rush," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "We talk about it all the time. When the sack numbers weren't up and we said there were guys making [the quarterback]
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October 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ABOUT THIS time a year ago, there were at least a few Temple folks wondering if Matt Rhule was the right guy to coach the Owls' football team. And definitely many more than a few who were questioning Rhule's choice of making well-traveled veteran Phil Snow his defensive coordinator. But that's what can happen when you lose your first six and opponents keep converting long passes at the end of a lot of those games to erase whatever good had come before. "My oldest boy said, 'Dad, do you read message boards?
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October 17, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Six games into the college football season, Penn State coach James Franklin is still talking about things that need to be fixed. No team is perfect, but the issues confronting the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) aren't encouraging this deep into the season. Saddled with a vulnerable offensive line, halfhearted commitment to the running game and an offense that has been a far cry from consistent, the Penn State defense has carried this team. With exception to its Sept.
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October 11, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In those fleeting moments when Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich and backup Michael Felton can catch up with each other on the sideline during games, the two exchange information that they know will benefit both. "It's key," said Matakevich, who leads the Owls' voracious defense with 26 tackles. "He's watching me, and I'm watching him. We tell each other what we see and what we need to do. " It's the type of conversation that many defensive starters for Temple - looking to improve to 4-1 for just the third time since 1979 - are having much more regularly this season than last.
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October 10, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
RAHEEM BROCK (Dobbins Tech) and Dan Klecko were teammates on the defensive line at Temple for a couple of seasons at the turn of the century, and then again with an Indianapolis Colts team in 2006 that won the Super Bowl. So now maybe it's only right that they're part of the six-person class being inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that also includes the late football coach Ray Morrison (1940-48). They'll be introduced - along with field hockey's Michelle Murawski (1997-2000)
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