PHILADELPHIA – The Temple University
football team continued training camp on Sunday at Edberg-Olson Hall.
Owl Outlook: Day 9 video
Owl Outlook is back for Day 9 of training camp, with today's focus being on the defensive line, joining us for interviews today are defensive linemen Kadeem Custis
(Philadelphia, Pa.) and Elisha Joseph
The defensive line has always been a strong suit for the Owls, as evidenced by the amount of them playing at the next level. Andre Neblett
(Carolina Panthers), Brian Sanford
(Cleveland Browns), Terrance Knighton (Jacksonville Jaguars), Dan Klecko (Atlanta Falcons), and Raheem Brock (Tennessee Titans), all are currently on NFL rosters. The Owls' current defensive front has similar talent, and will be looking to keep it going after a strong 2009 campaign.
Custis came to Temple after being one of the most highly recruited high school players in the city two years ago. The 6-4, 295 lb sophomore played in ten games in 2009, recording three tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry. Joseph (6-3, 288 lb), has been a mainstay up front for the past three seasons after starting his first collegiate game in the home opener against Navy in 2007. The senior will be switching from No. 91 to the "Temple Tuff" No. 4 this fall.
The Owls have two first-team All-MAC selections returning up front in Muhammad Wilkerson
(Linden, N.J.) and Adrian Robinson
(Harrisburg, Pa.). Wilkerson (6-5, 305 lbs.) racked up 61 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and a blocked kick in 2009. The junior was recently named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List, given to the nation's top defensive lineman. Robinson (6-2, 250) is the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year after enjoying a breakout season that included 46 tackles, 14 TFL's, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass breakups and one acrobatic interception. The junior was also named to the 2010 Bronco Nagurski and 2010 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists.
The defensive line is another area of considerable depth for the Owls, as they consistently find more and more talent at each position along the line. While they do have one seasoned veteran in defensive end, Morris Blueford
(Chesapeake, Va.), there are a lot of unknowns up front. Behind Blueford is a lot of talent, but a lot of inexperience as well. A group of redshirt-freshmen spent 2009 on the sidelines, including Shahid Paulhill
(Philadelphia, Pa.), Levi Brown
(Bethlehem, Pa.), and Kamal Johnson
(Willingboro, N.J.). All came as part of the 2009 recruiting class, but sat and learned from a veteran group last season. Joining them in that class was Jeff Whittingham
(Atlantic City, N.J.), who saw time on the offensive line at guard last season but moved to the "dark side" during spring ball. Walk-on David Kim
(Ambler, Pa.) joined the Owls in 2009 as a walk-on last season, and has played his way onto the training camp roster this summer.
There is a slew of new faces up front, as the Owls signed a few linemen on Signing Day in February. New to the Cherry and White is Taray Carey
(Whitehall, Pa.), who was a two-way threat at both defensive end and tight end at Whitehall High School. He will be joined on the outside by the athletic Sean Daniels
(Blackwood, N.J.) and the stout Jaimen Newman
(Colonial Heights, Va.). Daniels was a three-sport star at Highland Regional High School as well as a playmaker on the gridiron, racking up 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks to go with over 1,300 yards rushing. At 6-4, 275 lbs, Newman made major waves at Matoaca High School as a senior, picking up 40 tackles and 14 sacks. Looking to wreak havoc inside is Dante Weaver
(New Brunswick, N.J.), who at 6-2 and a hefty 320 lbs already looks like a mauler inside. Joining him inside will be the pride of California in defensive tackle Byron Rutherford
(San Diego, Calif.), as well as true freshmen Terrance Brown
(Jackson, N.J.) and Wanemi Omuso
The Temple video staff will provide insight into the team's progress with video reports posted every day after practice.
Practices are closed to the general public.
Temple opens the 2010 season on Friday, Sept. 3 with Villanova at 5 p.m. in the second annual Mayor's Cup at Lincoln Financial Field.
Temple football season tickets are on sale now for as low as $90, and can be purchased by calling the Temple Ticket Office at 215-204-8499
. Fans are encouraged to visit www.OwlsTix.com
for full season ticket pricing information.