Temple Owl Senior May Have New Look on the Football Field

Chris Coyer could be doing more of this type of running for Temple but this time as a H-Back.The Temple University Owl’s football team has its Cherry and White game in just a few days. The team practiced Tuesday and it seems as if new head coach Matt Rhule is not ruling anything out. One senior seems to have stood out at the Owls practice field.

According to a tweet by Owls Scoop’s John Di Carlo (@OwlScoop), Owls quarterback Chris Coyer “saw snaps at TE/Hback at practice today.” This means that he had lined up in the tight end position, as well as halfback. What could this mean for the Owls new offense?

For one, the Owls are clearly not ruling out fellow senior Juice Granger or red shirt junior Connor Reilly. Coming into the spring most thought the starting job was going to be fought for by Granger and Coyer, the two seniors.  Things could be changing.

Nothing is definite obviously and Rhule could just be seeing where Coyer could play if needed. However, it is not crazy to think that he could be moving to another position. Last season as the Owls quarterback, Coyer had a 51.2 completion percentage. He threw for 946 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Not the best numbers for a division one quarterback.

Coyer attempted 164 passes last season. Of all the quarterbacks who attempted between 160 and 170 passes, he was second to last in total yards. Owl fans should expect more passing out of the offense this year and this could be a sign that they want to move towards a better passer.

Granger’s only start of the season came in the final game of the season against Syracuse. In that game Granger looked okay completing 16 of 23 passes and one for a touchdown. He did however throw two interceptions. He could be the heavy favorite but it is too early to know.

Rhule and the Temple Owls are making a lot of changes to the 4-7 team of last year. It is hard to believe Coyer will not be in the running for the starting quarterback position but there is certainly a possibility that he could be moving to a new position at some point.

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Matthew Regan

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