Phil Steele has honored five Temple football players as members of his preseason All-Big East Conference teams. Named to the All-Big east second team were junior defensive tackle Levi Brown and senior punt returner Matt Brown. Brown also earned third-team recognition at running back and fourth team recognition at kickoff returner.
Additional Owls earning fourth-team recognition were offensive lineman Martin Wallace, safety Justin Gildea and punter Brandon McManus. Under the guidance of second-year head coach Steve Addazio, this season’s squad returns 35 lettermen, including nine starters.
Temple opens the season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup on Aug. 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.
MEAC/SWAC 8th Challenge scheduled Sept. 2
The eighth installment of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney — featuring Bethune-Cookman of the MEAC against Alabama State of the SWAC will take place on Sept. 2 at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The yearly event features teams from two prominent HBCUs.
Eagles, Nick Foles have 4-year deal
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with third-round draft selection quarterback Nick Foles on a four-year deal. Foles, the highest drafted Arizona quarterback since 1962 (Eddie Wilson), finished his collegiate career as the Wildcats all-time leading passer in terms of yards (10,011), touchdowns (67), attempts (1,369) and completions (933) en route to earning three consecutive All-Pac 10 honorable mentions from 2009 to 2011. Foles, a native of Austin, Texas, also shattered Wildcat single-season records in attempts (560), completions (387) and yards (4,334) while adding 28 touchdowns as a senior in 2011. He was named the team’s Offensive co-MVP as a junior in 2010, throwing for 3,191 yards and 20 TDs.