Steele AAC Team
First team honorees, Matakevich and Martin-Oguike, among Owls' 11 all-conference selections.

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11 Temple Owls Make Phil Steele's All-American Athletic Conference Teams

PHILADELPHIA – Phil Steele Publications, one of the most recognized in college football coverage, announced its 2015 Preseason All-Conference Teams and 11 Temple Owls made the list. In addition, senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich earned a spot on Steele's Preseason All-American Team.

Eight returning starters from the 2014 defense that ranked fourth in the nation in fewest points allowed, were selected to the All-American Athletic Conference team. Joining Matakevich with first team honors was redshirt-junior DL Praise Martin-Oguike. Earning second team honors were a quartet of seniors: DL Matt Ioannidis, DL Hershey Walton, LB Nate D. Smith, and DB Tavon Young. Sophomore DB Sean Chandler earned a spot on the third team and senior DB Alex Wells on the fourth team.

The offense was represented by senior OL Kyle Friend who earned second team recognition and redshirt-junior TE Colin Thompson who found a spot on the fourth team.

Redshirt junior WR Samuel Benjamin was recognized with a spot as a punt returner on the fourth team.

Steele's Preseason All-American Teams had an overwhelming collection of players from Power 5 conferences. Matakevich, who earned fourth team recognition, was one of just three defensive players (out of 44) to make the cut from outside of those conferences. 
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