– Tight end Matt Balasavage
(Lancaster, Pa.) became the 11th
Temple Owl to sign with an NFL team this spring, setting the school record for the largest class.
He signed a rookie free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.
A three-year starter for the Owls, Balasavage played in 12 games in 2011 with nine starts. He received his degree in communications in May 2011.
Temple's 2012 class of signees—three Draftees and eight rookie free agents—sets the school record with 11.
Balasavage joins NFL draftees RB Bernard Pierce
(Baltimore Ravens), TE Evan Rodriguez
(Chicago Bears), and LB Tahir Whitehead
(Detroit Lions) as well as .rookie free agents OL?Pat Boyle
(Detroit Lions), DE?Morkeith Brown
(Tampa Bay Buccaneers), OL?Derek Dennis
(Miami Dolphins), LB?Stephen Johnson
(New Orleans Saints), DE?Adrian Robinson
(Pittsburgh Steelers), WR?Rod Streater
(Oakland Raiders), and OL?Wayne Tribue
The seniors were a part of the winningest four-year class in school history. They became the first class in school history to be bowl eligible in three consecutive years. They won more conference games than any other class in school history. They recorded three consecutive winning seasons and out-scored opponents in four straight seasons. These 19 seniors were also the first Owls in school history to participate in two bowl games and became the first class to win a bowl game in 32 years.
Temple opens the 2012 season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor's Cup, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, on Friday, August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Temple football season tickets are on sale now for as low as $99 and can be purchased by calling the Temple Ticket Sales Office at 215-204-8499 or