Monday, October 25, 2010

Temple's Wilkerson named MAC Defensive Player of the Week

CLEVELAND (10/25/10) - Temple junior DT Muhammad Wilkerson (Linden, N.J.) has earned the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor for the East division, the MAC announced on Monday.

In Saturday's 42-0 win at Buffalo, Wilkerson led the Owls with six tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks.  The defense preserved the shutout, the team's first since 1992 and first shutout of a BCS opponent since 1984. The 42-point win was the largest margin of victory for Temple in a MAC game.

A starter in all eight games, Wilkerson is third with 51 tackles while posting a team-best 8.5 TFL, a team-best 7.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two break-ups, and a hurry.

The MAC honor is the third of Wilkerson's career and his second this season. He also earned the honor on Sept. 13.  This fall six Owls have been honored by the MAC seven times.

Temple (6-2, 3-1 MAC) hosts Akron (0-8, 0-4) on Saturday, Oct. 30 in its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game at Lincoln Financial Field.  The first 5,000 fans will receive pink pom pons. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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