Senior defensive end Sharif Finch has been a big-play threat for the Temple defense and punt block unit for the past three years -- with four blocked punts, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and two touchdowns to his credit. None was bigger than his interception of Penn State's Christian Hackenberg that set up the Owls' go-ahead score in last year's season-opening win over the Nittany Lions.
And to think he did all that on a pair of balky knees.
Having started his Temple career at linebacker, Finch bulked up when he moved to defensive end in 2014. And his knees paid the price, which sometimes led to missed practice time and game action.
This offseason, Finch cut some weight, and now he says he feels better and stronger than ever. That's good news for the Owls, and bad news for opposing quarterbacks and punters.
Finch talked about his knees, his target weight, and a few other notable items in an interview with OwlsDaily this week, as the Cherry and White prepared for their season opener against Army.