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 .
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)
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.
April 30, 2011 |
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.
December 2, 2011 |
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.
December 18, 2012 |
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.
March 19, 2011 |
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.
April 26, 2011 |
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.
June 25, 2011 |
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.
July 12, 2011 |
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.