Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Three Temple players at NFL Combine

Three Temple football players-- senior safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior linebacker Elijah “Peanut” Joseph (Hartford, Conn.), and junior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (Linden, N.J.)-- have been invited to the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis to be held Feb. 24 through March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The annual NFL Combine provides college players the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet with each of the 32 NFL teams head coaches, coaching staffs, personnel directors, and scouts in preparation of the 2011 NFL Draft.  The NFL Combine will be televised by the NFL Network.

A 2010 Pro Football Weekly All-American, Jarrett is a two-time first-team All-MAC honoree and team captain.  Jarrett started all 12 games at free safety in 2010 and played in every game of his collegiate career with 43 starts. Jarrett was the Owls' top defender with 74 tackles, and also had two interceptions, two break-ups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery last season. Named to the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, Jarrett was the recipient of the 2010 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete and the 2010 Enterprise Spirit & Sportsmanship Awards.

Joseph played in all 10 games in 2010 with seven starts at middle linebacker.  Joseph finished second on the team with 71 tackles, including a team-best 46 solo takedowns, and a team-high six break-ups. He led Temple with a career-high 12 tackles in the win at Army.

Wilkerson was the recipient of Temple's defensive most valuable player honor in 2010. A two-time first-team All-MAC honoree, Wilkerson was a team captain and started all 12 games at defensive tackle.  One of just seven Owls to start every game, he finished with 70 tackles and led the Owls with 13.0 TFL and 9.5 sacks. Named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, he earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades twice in 2010.

The 2011 NFL Draft is slated for April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.

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