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.
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.
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.