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August 23, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowjb@phillynews.com
BEFORE JOINING Temple last season as a freshman, Owls linebacker Tyler Matakevich always wore his favorite number, 44. This season, he will wear a number that means something entirely different, one that represents toughness. Entering Temple last summer as a freshman, Matakevich was given No. 32. While he was unsure of the number at first, he got used to it. On Tuesday, Matakevich was assigned No. 8, as one of the nine toughest players on the team, who all wear single digits. "It's definitely an honor," Matakevich said.
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August 23, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State defense could have sported the tag "Eleven Forgotten Men" throughout preseason camp with all the attention centered on the battle for starting quarterback. However, the defense, in addition to having a front-row seat to the competition between sophomore Tyler Ferguson and freshman Christian Hackenberg, has thrived both in the trenches, where it has battled an experienced and talented offensive line, and in the secondary covering people such as Allen Robinson, last year's Big Ten receiver of the year.
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August 17, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Linebacker Phillip Hunt underwent surgery to repair a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Eagles said Thursday. Hunt became the fourth Eagles player to suffer an ACL injury in the last three weeks, joining wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, receiver Arrelious Benn, and linebacker Jason Phillips. Maclin, Benn, and Phillips have been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Hunt, 27, is likely done for the season as well. The Eagles said Hunt injured his knee after he left the preseason opener against New England last Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
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August 16, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN
PHILLIP HUNT underwent surgery for a partial left ACL tear yesterday, the Eagles said, making Hunt the fourth member of the team to tear an ACL in 3 weeks of training camp. The first three - wideout Jeremy Maclin, linebacker Jason Phillips and wideout Arrelious Benn - all suffered their injuries on one particular reconfigured field at the NovaCare Complex, something Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the team would have to investigate. Hunt was injured during last Friday's preseason-opening loss to the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field, a game in which he made some good plays.
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August 9, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO YEARS AGO, the Houston Texans proved that the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense doesn't always have to be accompanied by significant growing pains. After his defense finished 29th in points allowed and 30th in total defense in 2010, Texans coach Gary Kubiak fired his defensive coordinator, Frank Bush, and replaced him with one of the league's top 3-4 maestros, Wade Phillips. Keep in mind, the Texans made this significant scheme switch during the 2011 lockout, which meant Phillips wasn't even able to start putting in his new scheme until the start of training camp.
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August 7, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asked to name his football favorites, Mychal Kendricks aimed high. "I like to hit quarterbacks," the Eagles inside linebacker said, "and I like to intercept balls and take them for six. " Kendricks didn't do much of either last year as a rookie. The fault was hardly his alone. The Eagles seemed to play away from his skill set in 2012. They barely pass-rushed the speedy linebacker, and for most of the season, they had the undersize Kendricks line up on the strong side opposite the tight end. The plan for this season, or at least in the general terms the Eagles have sketched out, is to utilize Kendricks' freakish athleticism.
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August 6, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
RICHMOND, Va. - "Is 38 the new 28?" London Fletcher tweeted in May on the occasion of his 38th birthday. For most professional athletes, the answer to that question is a definitive no. Thirty-eight is young for an accountant or plumber or hedge-fund manager. But it's ancient for a professional jock. By the time they reach 38, their skills have eroded, their bodies have betrayed them and their careers are either over or on life-support. But Fletcher isn't most athletes.
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July 26, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lane Johnson was crouched in a stance opposite two rubber trash cans. One can was gray and the other yellow. They were substitutes for defensive players. The gray can was a defensive end, and the yellow can - the outside linebacker - was being held by Jeff Stoutland. The gray can was going to rush the quarterback. But the yellow can? Well, that's why the Eagles' offensive line coach was holding the fill-in linebacker. If that was an actual game situation, Johnson wouldn't know for certain whether the yellow can was rushing or dropping into coverage.
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July 9, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
MAYBE Giants linebacker Dan Connor has an explanation for allegedly packing a switchblade in his carry-on at the Philadelphia International Airport. But as of last night, Connor, 27, hadn't commented on his Saturday morning arrest. He was was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and released on his own recognizance. Yesterday, a police spokeswoman said security discovered the knife as his luggage went through an X-ray machine. Everyone knows you can't take a weapon into an airport, so it's perplexing that Connor would even try such a dumb thing.
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