December 20, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Temple's bowl preparations went in a new direction Friday when the Owls had their first practice in Florida in preparation for the Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo. "It was an extremely hard-fought, tough practice and we are getting adjusted to the heat," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "I thought today was good for us. " The Owls (10-3) could set a school record for wins in a season Tuesday with a victory over Toledo (9-2). Rhule's team may not have bowl experience, but it is a veteran bunch.
November 10, 2015 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - It seemed pretty obvious that Ryan Mathews was on the ground when the ball came out, after Mathews picked up a first down on fourth-and-1, but ref Ed Hochuli's crew ruled a fumble anyway, with a Dallas recovery, on the first possession of overtime. This turned out to be a good thing for the Eagles. The review – which, of course, ended with a ruling of first-and-10 for the Birds at the Dallas 41 - offered a chunk of time that Chip Kelly used to call a crossing pattern for Jordan Matthews that had worked well earlier, in a similar situation, setting up the Eagles' first touchdown.
August 7, 2015 |
Coach Derek Lewis knew that Trey Burton could excel at tight end for Florida, but in 2010 he couldn't persuade the freshman to trade six spots for one. Burton shuffled from wide receiver to running back to fullback to slot receiver to stand-up tight end, and even started at quarterback against Florida State. Against Kentucky, Burton set a school record with six touchdowns, five on the ground and one in the air. As the only first-year starter that season, he led Florida with 12 touchdowns, more than a fourth of the team's season total.
November 17, 2014
GREEN BAY - At times, Aaron Rodgers seems almost bored. Rodgers is the best player on a very good team - logical, since he is the best player in a very deep league. He is the most accurate and efficient passer in history, an unflappable leader and a splendid athlete. He is football's Michael Jordan; the best, most polished quarterback in history. There is no shame losing to the best; not when he and his cast is fit and healthy, playing well and at home. 53-20? Walk it off. This was no more a referendum on the Eagles' capabilities than, say, the fact that Hakeem Olajuwon won only when Jordan did not play, or that Charles Barkley never won a title at all. The game left both teams at 7-3. There is a decent chance that they will meet again in January.
November 13, 2014 |
Every week a different NFL defensive coordinator wakes up on Monday morning not just worried about how well his defense will play in the next game, but how fast it will have to play. This week, it is Dom Capers of the Green Bay Packers, and if he is like most coordinators getting ready to play the Eagles, he starts by discarding a large portion of his playbook. "In general terms, when teams prepare for our offense, they come in very simple on defense because they're nervous about the pace," safety Malcolm Jenkins said.
November 1, 2014 |
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]
September 25, 2014 |
When college football coaches change a player's position, they often don't know how the player will react. However, a pair of position changes at Temple have worked out well so far for the 2-1 Owls, who are looking to improve to 3-1 for just the third time in the last 27 seasons. Last week, Temple coach Matt Rhule moved redshirt sophomore Sam Benjamin from wide receiver to the secondary, where Benjamin has yet to crack the four-deep rotation at cornerback. However, Benjamin also was added to the punt-return team and immediately paid dividends, blocking a punt Saturday that Artrel Foster returned for a touchdown in a 59-0 win over Delaware State.
April 24, 2014 |
In February, when Tom Savage was an unheralded prospect trying to boost his stock after bouncing among three college programs, the former Cardinal O'Hara quarterback recalled advice from an old Arizona teammate. "Stay patient, block out the noise," Eagles quarterback Nick Foles told Savage. "Obviously, I don't have a lot of noise, but I block out whatever is there," Savage said at the scouting combine in February. The noise has gotten louder in recent weeks. Savage has become one of the fastest-rising players in the NFL draft and is no longer considered a late-round pick.
January 29, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - "Knowshon sucks. " LeSean McCoy put that post on Twitter when a media member lauded Knowshon Moreno's performance against the Cowboys on Oct. 6. Moreno caught wind of the Eagles running back's critique a few hours after the Broncos outlasted Dallas, 51-48, and responded, via Twitter: "Glad [McCoy] was watching our game tonight. Great team win. Let's keep rolling. #5-0 #LetHatersHate #ShotsWereFiredButNoOneGotHit. " Moreno was already in the midst of a comeback season, but he finished the final 11 games - rushing for 224 yards against the Patriots - with authority.
November 1, 2013 |
Garnet Valley has made considerable noise since moving from the Southern Chester County League to the Central League in 2008. Mike Ricci's football squad has posted a 51-8 mark (.864 winning percentage) in league play, with two outright championships (2008 and 2011) and one shared (2009, with Ridley). This season is no different, as the Jaguars are 9-0, 8-0 in the Central League, and set to enter the 16-team PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoff tournament as one of the top seeds.