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May 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beau Allen has legs like tree trunks. You look at the 6-foot-3, 329-pound nose tackle and you can understand why the Eagles drafted him in the seventh round. There's more to playing the position in the NFL, but coach Chip Kelly and his staff have certain size parameters for each position. With his ranginess and solid base, Allen checks off a bunch of the Eagles' size qualifications. And then there's his athleticism. Allen wasn't invited to the scouting combine in February, but his vertical leap (31 inches)
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May 7, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF ANYBODY at last month's Super Regional Combine in Detroit deserved to be signed, it was Alejandro Villaneuva. Villaneuva, 6-9, 277, hasn't earned any football honors the past four seasons, since playing wide receiver for Army in 2009, but he has accumulated the Bronze Star for valor (pulling wounded soldiers to safety while under fire), the Ranger tab, the Parachutist badge, the National Defense Service medal, the Afghanistan campaign medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism service ribbon, the Army service ribbon, an overseas service ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman's badge and Expert Infantryman's badge.
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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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April 26, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before he conducted his first spring football camp, Temple coach Matt Rhule's primary goal was installing a vertical passing game. Last season, Rhule inherited a Temple offense that was at its best running the ball, but Rhule wanted - and still wants - a more dynamic offense. Going into the Owls' annual Cherry and White spring game Saturday (1 p.m. at Cardinal O'Hara High School), Rhule is shifting the emphasis to playing with more physicality and continuity as the young Owls prepare for season No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference.
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April 24, 2014 | BY MIKE MAYOCK, For the Daily News
NFL NETWORK draft analyst Mike Mayock once again will break down the top draft prospects for the Daily News . He will assess the best player at each position, as well as a player who is rising up the draft board and a late-round sleeper to keep an eye on later in the draft. Mayock, 55, resides in Newtown Square and is a graduate of the Haverford School. The former safety was a 10th-round pick of the Steelers in 1981 and played two seasons with the Giants (1982-83). 4-3 defensive ends THE BEST Name: Jadeveon Clowney School: South Carolina Height, weight: 6-5, 266 40 time: 4.53 225 bench: 21 reps Vertical jump: 37 1/2 inches Arms: 34 1/2 inches Round projection: 1 Mayock: "He's the most talented player in the draft.
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April 21, 2014
The Soul used a strong defensive stand to win their Arena Football League home opener Saturday, defeating the Jacksonville Sharks, 54-41, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul (2-3) had allowed an average of 62.8 points per game through the first four games. On Saturday, the defensive line, anchored by Bryan Robinson and Teddy Jennings, pressured Sharks quarterback Aaron Garcia and combined for four of the team's five sacks. Fullback Derrick Ross scored three touchdowns while picking up 57 yards on 10 carries.
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April 7, 2014 | By Tim Gilbert, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin expressed confidence in his first Penn State team's development after its 11th spring practice on Saturday. With the Blue-White Game scheduled for Saturday, there are several positions up for grabs. "The guys have done a great job investing, coming in and watching film," Franklin said to a small gathering of reporters in the Lasch Football Building's weight room. "I don't look at the big picture - it's just wake up every single morning and maximize that day. And I think our guys have been doing that.
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March 19, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin wants his new team to hit the ground running this spring, even if it means running in circles. "There is no walking on the field ever," Franklin said yesterday at a news conference before Penn State held its first of 15 spring practices. "I told them the first day if you don't know where you're supposed to go or what you're doing when the horn blows, then sprint in a circle until you figure it out. " Franklin spent most of his first 9 weeks as the Nittany Lions' head coach in shirts and ties either greeting people at appearances in State College or nabbing eight early verbal commitments for the 2015 class.
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March 19, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin immersed himself in Penn State's football program from the moment he first greeted a young Nittany Lions fan at University Park Airport in January. He has moved past Vanderbilt, rarely referring to the university by name in public anymore. On Monday, he called it "our last institution. " The coach is all about Penn State now, and he moved his commitment to the turf on Monday. The Lions practiced in Holuba Hall for the first time this spring.
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March 5, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed defensive lineman Cedric Thornton to a one-year contract on Monday. The deal was mostly a formality because Thornton was an exclusive-rights free agent, so he was not free to sign anywhere else. Thornton, who will turn 26 in June, can become a restricted free agent next offseason and is still two seasons away from unrestricted free agency. He started all 16 games for the Eagles in 2013. Thornton finished with 78 tackles and one sack and was a key member of the defensive line.
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