The Temple Owls are going through a major transition under first year head coach Matt Rhule. The biggest change will be the replacement of the read-option offense that Temple has been running for the last several years in favor of Rhule’s pro-style philosophy. That change has opened the door for last year’s clipboard holder, quarterback Connor Reilly, to jump all the way up the depth chart to take hold of the starting quarterback job in 2013. But the Owls will find a way to use the athletic talents of last year’s starting QB, Chris Coyer, by utilizing him as an H-back next season.
That means you can expect to see him lined up all over the field in 2013. Coyer has undeniable athleticism, as he displayed last season when he ran for 444 yards (after running for 562 in 2011). That ability to run the football made him a perfect fit for the run-first philosophy of former head coach Steve Addazio, but his struggles to throw the ball effectively (completing just 51 percent of his passes in 2012) cost him his starting job when the new coaching staff came in.
But he won’t be wasting away on the sidelines. Temple is in dire need of playmakers in Rhule’s new offense and Coyer’s athleticism will make him an excellent piece to move around in different formations and motions to create matchup problems. Then Coyer can take a handoff, be a lead blocker or go out for a pass, adding his talents to the Owls offense in a slightly different capacity.
There were bound to be changes when a new coaching staff took over at Temple and for Chris Coyer, those changes have been pretty drastic. But he has the skills to find success at his new position and help jumpstart the Rhule-era for the Owls program.