Temple's McManus, Wallace sign with Colts, Browns

Temple's McManus, Wallace sign with Colts, Browns
April 27, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Updated April 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Four Temple Owls appear to have signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents as of Sunday morning.

Kicker Brandon McManus and offensive tackle Martin Wallace have signed with the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns, respectively. Their agent, Marty Magid, confirmed both signings to CSNPhilly.com Saturday night.

In addition to those two, Temple defensive end John Youboty tweeted that he's now a member of the Denver Broncos and running back Montel Harris has caught on with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report from the Tampa Times.

McManus finished his Temple career as the program's all-time leader in points (338), field goals made (60), field goals attempted (83) and punting average (45.4 yards). Following his senior season, he was awarded the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy as the nation's best overall kicker.

He worked out for a variety of teams prior to the draft -- including, but not limited to, the Patriots, Dolphins, Bills, Redskins.

Indianapolis' kicking duties have been handled for the last seven seasons by the most famous kicker of the last decade in Adam Vinatieri. The 17-year veteran is entering the final year of his contract, worth $2 million in 2013.

"Any kicker growing up in my generation, we watched Adam kick in the Super Bowls. He's such a clutch performer." McManus told CSNPhilly.com. "It would be an honor to work him and hopefully learn from him."

Should the Colts decide they would want to keep both kickers heading into next season, McManus could potentially be used as a kick-off specialist.

Wallace, separately, started every game over the last two seasons for Temple, following his transfer from Northeastern, which dropped its football program. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle was the only returning starter on the Owls' 2012 offensive and was named second-team All-Big East.

Yabouty was also named second-team All-Big East in 2012 and transferred to Temple in 2011 after suffering a spinal injury while at Marshall. At the time, doctors informed Youboty that his football career was over.

Harris, finally, came to Temple after three years at Boston College. He left B.C. as the ACC's all-time leader in career rushing yards by a junior (3,735) but missed nearly all of the 2011 season with a knee injury and was thrown off the team in Spring 2012 for a repeated violation of team rules.

Harris once struggled again struggled with injury early in his lone year at Temple but rebounded to start the final eight games of the season. His standout performance came at Army on Nov. 17, when he rushed for 351 yards and seven touchdowns. Both were Big East single-game records.

He posted 1,054 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 and finished his collegiate career with 4,789 yards and 42 total TDs.

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