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April 28, 2011
For full online coverage of Thursday's NFL draft, go to "Bird's Eye View," by Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari at. Plus, read Keith Pompey's blog, Owlsinq, at and his tweets at twitter.com/pompeysgridlock as he spends the day with Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson. Also, check out Sheil Kapadia's live chat and all other draft coverage at http://www.philly.com/nfldraft .
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April 26, 2011
Top College Defensive Tackles Marcell Dareus, Alabama (6-foot-3, 319 pounds) - He would be a great fit for the Eagles - if they had a top three pick. Expected to go very early, Dareus is your perfect 4-3 interior lineman. Nick Fairley, Auburn (6-4, 291) - Questions about his work ethic have dropped this former junior-college transfer out of the top 10 of some mock drafts. It's hard to discount his monster senior season, though. Corey Liuget, Illinois (6-2, 298)
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December 27, 2012
Chuck Pagano beat the traffic and a blizzard into work Wednesday morning - all in an effort to beat the Texans. After spending the last three months fighting leukemia, the inspirational Colts coach arrived early at the team complex. He met briefly with his players to give them a succinct message about this week's game plan, then stepped onto the practice field for the first time since Sept. 26. While Pagano wanted to take a business-as-usual approach into his first regular workday, it certainly wasn't easy amid all the outside stuff.
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April 30, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROSELLE, N.J. - It was two weeks ago when Muhammad Wilkerson first thought about the possibility of becoming a New York Jet. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle had just met with Jets officials and came away motivated after his conversation with head coach Rex Ryan. "Just talking to Rex, the defensive coordinator [Mike Pettine, a Central Bucks West graduate] and those guys, meeting those guys, I just felt like it would be a good fit for me," said Wilkerson, a Temple junior who was selected 30th overall by the Jets in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft.
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December 2, 2011 | BY MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE JUNIOR running back Bernard Pierce, as anticipated, has submitted his paperwork with the NFL to apply for early entry into the draft, according to sources close to the situation. The 6-foot, 220-pound junior from the Glen Mills Schools has rushed for 1,381 yards this season (tied for 11th in FBS) and scored 22 touchdowns (tied for fifth), despite missing a game with a head injury. He played in two others with a tender hamstring. In a list that was last updated on Oct. 21, waltercamp.com projected Pierce as the 10th-best prospect at his position and a third- or fourth-round pick.
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December 18, 2012 | Associated Press
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson is a quiet guy, appearing almost shy during interviews and deflecting praise. The New York Jets' big defensive lineman is anything but timid on the field. Wilkerson, a first-round pick out of Temple last year, is developing into a dominating force in his second NFL season, and while he's not yet a household name, he's a big reason the Jets' once-struggling defense was ranked eighth in the league going into Sunday's games. "It's really encouraging just how professional he's been and how coachable he's been," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said Friday.
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March 19, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since the day he declared he was forgoing his final year of eligibility at Temple for the NFL draft, defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson has been poked and prodded, measured and timed, interviewed and analyzed. The process of preparing for the draft becomes tedious for many prospects, but Wilkerson has loved every minute of it. "A young guy like me, you know, is still learning. . . . But I am enjoying this whole process. " Wilkerson said Friday after he, along with 15 Temple seniors and four players from other colleges, were put through the paces by NFL scouts for nearly three hours at Chodoff Field, where the Owls practice.
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April 26, 2011 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Muhammad Wilkerson was back in town to take in the April 16 Cherry and White spring football game at Temple, where the 6-foot-4, 315-pound native of Linden, N.J., completed his college career last fall as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation. Wilkerson, who forfeited his senior year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, collected the most stops among all players at his position in the Mid-American Conference in 2010 and finished second in the league with 91/2 sacks. With the draft opening on Thursday, Wilkerson will find out exactly how highly he is held in the esteem of pro scouts.
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June 25, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Ben Onett is easy to spot. He's the first St. John's College High School football player in the weight room for the midday workout. Once his teammates arrive, Onett initiates pleasantries and words of encouragement. Those leadership qualities combined with his fleet feet and arm strength are why Onett could be the future face of Temple's program. Right now, the rising senior quarterback, who won't play for Temple until 2012, is just elated to be Steve Addazio's first recruit as Owls coach.
SPORTS
July 12, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Columnist
There will eventually be articles written about Steve Addazio's on-the-field performance at Temple. But until the first-year football coach plays a game, he can only be judged on his ability to recruit. So far, no one is complaining on North Broad Street. "It seems like they hired the right guy to continue what they started there," said Bob Lichtenfels, the East regional recruiting manager for the Scout.com recruiting service. "That's great for them and their fans. " So far, when it comes to non-Bowl Championship Series programs, Temple appears to be the program of choice.
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December 27, 2012
Chuck Pagano beat the traffic and a blizzard into work Wednesday morning - all in an effort to beat the Texans. After spending the last three months fighting leukemia, the inspirational Colts coach arrived early at the team complex. He met briefly with his players to give them a succinct message about this week's game plan, then stepped onto the practice field for the first time since Sept. 26. While Pagano wanted to take a business-as-usual approach into his first regular workday, it certainly wasn't easy amid all the outside stuff.
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December 18, 2012 | Associated Press
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson is a quiet guy, appearing almost shy during interviews and deflecting praise. The New York Jets' big defensive lineman is anything but timid on the field. Wilkerson, a first-round pick out of Temple last year, is developing into a dominating force in his second NFL season, and while he's not yet a household name, he's a big reason the Jets' once-struggling defense was ranked eighth in the league going into Sunday's games. "It's really encouraging just how professional he's been and how coachable he's been," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said Friday.
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February 26, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Having a baby due in July helped Temple running back Bernard Pierce make the decision to leave school early and enter the NFL draft, he told reporters here Friday. "That was the deciding factor of me coming out, yes," Pierce said. But he added that several other considerations also played into his decision to skip his senior season. Pierce, who said he hopes to "turn a couple heads" with his 40-yard dash time here Sunday, also cited his success at Temple and the wear on his body after carrying a heavy workload.
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February 17, 2012 | BY BRIAN DZENIS, dzenisb@phillynews.com
TEMPLE running back Bernard Pierce, tight end Evan Rodriguez and linebacker Tahir Whitehead will be in Indianapolis next week for the NFL Scouting Combine. Pierce, who finished with nine school records including 27 rushing touchdowns last season, is projected to be a third-round draft pick, according to the NFL Draft Advisory Board. "God willing, [my draft stock] will change for the better," said the 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce, who is forgoing his senior year. "I've been working really hard these past several weeks to improve myself and really show the scouts just what I can do. I believe that my stock can only change for the better.
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December 2, 2011 | BY MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE JUNIOR running back Bernard Pierce, as anticipated, has submitted his paperwork with the NFL to apply for early entry into the draft, according to sources close to the situation. The 6-foot, 220-pound junior from the Glen Mills Schools has rushed for 1,381 yards this season (tied for 11th in FBS) and scored 22 touchdowns (tied for fifth), despite missing a game with a head injury. He played in two others with a tender hamstring. In a list that was last updated on Oct. 21, waltercamp.com projected Pierce as the 10th-best prospect at his position and a third- or fourth-round pick.
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July 12, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Columnist
There will eventually be articles written about Steve Addazio's on-the-field performance at Temple. But until the first-year football coach plays a game, he can only be judged on his ability to recruit. So far, no one is complaining on North Broad Street. "It seems like they hired the right guy to continue what they started there," said Bob Lichtenfels, the East regional recruiting manager for the Scout.com recruiting service. "That's great for them and their fans. " So far, when it comes to non-Bowl Championship Series programs, Temple appears to be the program of choice.
SPORTS
June 25, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Ben Onett is easy to spot. He's the first St. John's College High School football player in the weight room for the midday workout. Once his teammates arrive, Onett initiates pleasantries and words of encouragement. Those leadership qualities combined with his fleet feet and arm strength are why Onett could be the future face of Temple's program. Right now, the rising senior quarterback, who won't play for Temple until 2012, is just elated to be Steve Addazio's first recruit as Owls coach.
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May 30, 2011 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Muhammad Wilkerson is in limbo, just like the other college players who were selected in April's NFL draft who have yet to sign a professional contract. For Wilkerson, that means living at the family home in Linden, N.J., and working out regularly with a trainer. With NFL players locked out, the former Temple defensive tackle is biding his time until he can report to the New York Jets, who chose him in the first round with the 30th overall pick. If and when the NFL's issues are settled, Wilkerson will become a millionaire.
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April 30, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles drafted Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, choosing one of the better safeties in what is considered a weak class, but using a high pick on a player who was expected to last into the middle rounds. They added Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh in the third round, 90th overall, getting a long, athletic player who switched to defensive back in 2009, after starting off as a running back. Jarrett could add depth to a secondary that was thinned by injuries last year.
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April 30, 2011 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
Muhammad Wilkerson grew up in North Jersey, so he was a Giants fan. Now he'll be playing his NFL ball in the New Meadowlands Stadium, which is only 30 minutes from his home. He just won't be playing it for the Giants. But he still will be living out his dream. "To be a first-rounder, it's like everything came true," the former Temple defensive lineman said yesterday after being drafted by the Jets with the 30th pick late Thursday night. "Pretty much playing in my own backyard is going to be pretty cool.
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