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Owls sign NFL rookie free-agent contracts

At least five former Temple football players will work out with NFL teams in upcoming rookie mini camps after going undrafted this weekend.

Owls sign NFL rookie free-agent contracts

Former Temple running back Montel Harris. (David Swanson/Staff file photo)
Former Temple running back Montel Harris. (David Swanson/Staff file photo)

At least five former Temple football players will work out with NFL teams in upcoming rookie mini camps after going undrafted this weekend.

Running back Montel Harris (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), defensive end John Youtboty (Denver Broncos), kicker Brandon McManus (Indianapolis Colts) and offensive tackle Martin Wallace (Cleveland Browns) have signed free-agent contracts.

Running back Matt Brown will participate in mini camps with the Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, but he did not sign a free-agent deal.

Harris had 196 carries for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, his lone season at Temple. The Boston College transfer's average of 105.4 rushing yards per game led the Big East. The first-team all-Big East selection rushed for school and conference single-game records of 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns against Army on Nov. 17.

Youboty was a second-team all-conference selection. He had a team-high five sacks to go with 42 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble this past season.

McManus, a graduate of North Penn High School, was a second-team all-conference kicker.  He ended his career as the Owls all-time leader in points scored (338), field goals made (60), field goals attempted  (83) and punting average (45.4 yards).

Wallace was also a second-team all-Big East.

Brown won Big East special teams player of the year.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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