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Temple position analysis: Defensive line

The Owls might have more depth, but replacing the 32 1/2 combined tackles for loss by Haason Reddick and Praise Martin-Oguike will be difficult.

Sharif Finch returns to the Owls’ defensive line.
Sharif Finch returns to the Owls’ defensive line.Read moreDAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer

The biggest question when discussing Temple's defensive line is how to replace the 32 1/2 tackles for loss and 18 sacks by defensive ends Haason Reddick, a first-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals, and Praise Martin-Oguike, signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins.

This season, the Owls are even more likely to rotate linemen. No player might be as dominant as Reddick, but this could be a deeper line, especially at tackle.

Defensive ends

Redshirt senior ends Sharif Finch and Jullian Taylor combined to play in only seven games because of injuries last season, both appear ready to contribute. Finch also has five career blocked punts, the leading active total in the NCAA. Jacob Martin, who showed his toughness by playing with a broken foot during the Owls' 34-10 win over Navy in the American Athletic Conference championship game, has appeared in 37 career games, making three starts. Martin and Finch are two of the main leaders.

Redshirt freshman Quincy Roche (6-4, 210) and redshirt sophomore Dana Levine (6-4, 225) are speed rushers, expected to provide pressure from the outside.

Wide receiver Keith Kirkwood is also expected to see time as a situational pass rusher after impressing the Owls in the spring and during preseason camp.

Defensive tackles

Junior Michael Dogbe (6-3, 280) is the lone returning starter from the defensive line, and he was tied for fifth on the team with five tackles for loss. Dogbe and redshirt junior Freddie Booth-Lloyd (6-1, 315) not only are run-stuffers, but both also should put heat on the quarterback and improve their sack totals. Each had 1 1/2 sacks last season.

Defensive tackle is where the Owls have their most depth, including redshirt senior Greg Webb, sophomore and former prized recruit Karamo Dioubate from Philadelphia's Prep Charter, and redshirt freshman Dan Archibong, who also can play outside. Archibong has made great strides and should see considerable action.