Owls collect preseason recognition

Five Temple football players have been named to the preseason All-Big East Conference teams produced by College Sports Madness. The only Owl to be named to the first team was junior defensive tackle Levi Brown.

Senior running back Matt Brown, expected to receive significant playing time with the departure of Bernard Pierce to the NFL, was named to the second team along with fellow senior, safety Justin Gildea. Brown also received third team honors at the kick return position.

Seniors Martin Wallace (offensive line) and Brandon McManus (place kicker) rounded out the thrid team squad with Brown. McManus was also named to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List is coming off a career year in which he set Temple season records for punting average and extra-points made.

In its first season back in the Big East, the Temple squad coached by Steve Addazio will look to assert its presence early as it takes on rival Villanova in the first game of the season on August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.

For a complete list of the All-Big East teams, check http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/4503

-Ibrahim Jacobs