The Eagles announced on Tuesday evening that they have signed linebacker Brandon Hepburn and offensive lineman Tyler Hoover to the practice squad and released linebacker Colton Underwood. Earlier in the day, the Eagles promoted linebacker Emmanuel Acho and tackle Kevin Graf from the 10-player practice squad, so there is still one open spot available.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Hepburn was selected by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Florida A&M. Hepburn spent last season on the Lions' practice squad and was re-signed this offseason by Detroit to a futures contract.
The second player to be drafted out of Florida A&M since 2010, Hepburn finished his college career with 163 tackles (109 solo), including 15 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 11 pass defenses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hepburn earned All-MEAC honors and was named to the All-State/AFCA Good Works Team.
He lettered in football and wrestling at North Rockland (N.Y.) High School where he finished his senior season with 132 tackles, eight sacks and one interception. Hepburn earned the Journal News Scholar Athlete Award and was also a member of both the National Honor Society and Science Honor Society.
The 6-foot-7, 297-pound Hoover was a defensive lineman at Michigan State and with the Indianapolis Colts, but did play tight end in high school as well as defensive end. Hoover originally entered the league this year as a rookie free agent of the Colts. He was re-signed by the Colts to the practice squad following the preseason, but released on September 2.
At Michigan State, Hoover played in 48 career games (23 starts) and recorded 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2013, Hoover started 11 games and posted career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (4.0). He was also named Michigan State's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.