Tuesday, October 21, 2008

NFL likes Knighton, Douglas

Philadelphia, PA (The Phanatic Magazine) - Bouncing back and forth in South Philly between the Sixers preseason game against King James and the Cavs and the rare Tuesday night college football game between Temple and Ohio.

Al Golden and the Owls are getting a little national TV love as ESPN2 is on hand to broadcast the game.

And even though Temple is just 2-5, thanks to some horrendous luck and the injury to QB Adam DiMichele, don’t believe for one second that Golden isn’t turning things around.

The surest sign? A plethora of NFL scouts were on hand to watch the Owls. Names mentioned in the press box included senior defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and senior offensive lineman Andre Douglas.

In seven games this season, Knighton has recorded 27 tackles, 4 1/2 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and a quarterback hurry. He was also named a preseason second-team All-Mac selection by both Athlon and MAC Report Online.

Douglas, who started the first seven games at right guard and moved outside to right tackle against Ohio, was listed in NFL Draft Scout's top players for 2009.

Temple's regular right tackle Jabari Ferguson and senior center Alex Derenthal also are getting some sniffs from the NFL.

Scouts from the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, St, Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints were on hand.

"The Coz" Billy Cosby, a '61 Temple alumnus was on hand for the coin toss and singer/songwriter Lauren Hart, daughter of legendary Flyers announcer Gene Hart, hopped across the street to sing the Anthem.

DiMichele, who injured his shoulder against No. 3 Penn State in Temple's fourth game of the season, returned and started the game.

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