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Coyer named Temple's starting fullback

Chris Coyer heads into Saturday’s Cherry and White spring game as Temple’s starting fullback.

Coyer named Temple's starting fullback

Chris Coyer lined up at tight end/H-back during Tuesday´s spring practice. (Garry Jones/AP file photo)
Chris Coyer lined up at tight end/H-back during Tuesday's spring practice. (Garry Jones/AP file photo)

Chris Coyer heads into Saturday’s Cherry and White spring game as Temple’s starting fullback.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound fifth-year senior was expected to battle Juice Granger for the starting quarterback spot. However, Connor Reilly was promoted from fourth string to starter after his arm strength impressed the new coaching staff this spring. As a result, Coyer, who dropped to the fourth string quarterback, starting taking snaps at other positions.

Coyer was named Temple's starting quarterback with four games left in 2011. He capped that season by being named the offensive MVP of the New Mexico Bowl. But the Virginia native passed for just 946 yards in last season's first nine games.  He lost his starting spot to Granger in Week 10.

The spring game starts at 1 p.m. at Edberg-Olson Hall.

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Here is the depth chart heading into Saturday’s spring game. Injured players are not listed:

OFFENSE (Pro Spread)

 X-Wide Receiver

81 John Christopher (5-10, 180, Soph.)

85 Nathan Hairston (6-0, 176, R-Fr.)

18 James Whitefield (6-1, 190, R-Fr.)

F-Wide Receiver

 87 Ryan Alderman (5-9, 170, Sr.)

27 Khalif Herbin (5-7, 158, Soph.)

25 Brett Pierce (5-8, 165, Jr.)

Left Tackle

76 Cody Booth (6-3, 270, Sr.)

65 Adam Mertz (6-5, 300, Jr.)

Left Guard

62 Scott Roorda (6-3, 302, Sr.)

68 Brendan McGowan (6-4, 288, R-Fr.)

Center

79 Kyle Friend (6-2, 300, Soph.)

70 Jacob Quinn (6-5, 275, Soph.)

Right Guard

66 Dion Dawkins (6-5, 330, Fr.)

61 Will Rathbone (6-5, 275, Soph.)

Right Tackle

54 Zach Hooks (6-6, 280, Soph.)

77 Raymond Korang (6-8, 300, Soph.) 

Tight End

97 Wanemi Omuso (6-2, 255, Jr.)

26 Romond Deloatch (6-4, 213, Soph.)

Quarterback

 12 Connor Reilly (6-3, 215, Jr.)

17 Juice Granger (6-3, 220, Sr.) 

14 Thomas Rumer (6-3, 212 R-Fr.)

10 Chris Coyer (6-3, 230, Sr.)

Tailback

20 Kenny Harper (6-0, 225, Jr.)

30 Jamie Gilmore (5-8, 185, Soph.)

22 Avery Williams (5-10, 198, R-Fr.)

Fullback

10 Chris Coyer (6-3, 230, Sr.)

41  John Rizzo (6-1, 221, Fr.)

Z-Wide Receiver

15 Jalen Fitzpatrick (5-11, 180, Jr.)

88 Samuel Benjamin (6-0, 195, Soph.)

16 Tyron Harris (6-3, 195, Sr.)

DEFENSE (4-3)

Defensive End

91 Shahbaz Ahmed  (6-3, 220, Soph.)

46 Obi Onejeme (6-3, 220, Jr.)

59 Jaimen Newman (6-4, 290, Jr.)

Defensive Tackle

72 Hershey Walton (6-4, 290, Soph.)

73 Averee Robinson (6-1, 285, Fr.)

Nose Tackle

99 Levi Brown (6-2,300, Jr.)

95 Matt Loannidis (6-4, 245, Soph.)

Defensive End

55 Sean Daniels (6-3, 230, Sr.)

52 Avery Ellis (6-2, 225, Soph.)

94 Kiser Terry (6-3, 260, Fr.)

WILL Linebacker

32 Tyler Matakevich (6-1, 220, Soph.)

27  Hasson Reddick (6-0, 194, R-Fr.)

36 Gary Onuekwusi (6-1, 235, Sr.)

MIKE Linebacker

44 Wyatt Benson (6-0 228, Sr.)

56 Olaniyi Adewole (6-2, 228, Sr.)

53 Rob Dvoracek (6-2, 220, Soph.)

SAM Linebacker

33 Blaze Caponegro (6-1, 218, Sr.)

39 Marc Tyson (6-0 230, Soph.)

Left Corner

11 Zamel Johnson (6-0, 170, Sr.)

25 Tavon Young (5-10, 159, Soph.)

23 Daquan Cooper (6-0, 175, Jr.)

Free Safety

21 Abdul Smith (6-0, 205, Sr.)

28 Chris Hutton (5-10, 185, Jr.)

43 Dion Shaw (6-1, 185, R-Fr.)

Strong Safety

24 Jihaad Pretlow (5-11, 185, Fr.)

29 Stephaun Marshall (5-11, 181, R-Fr.)

48 Brian Burns (6-0, 185, Jr.)

Right Corner

47 Anthony Robey (5-10, 180, Jr.)

13 Robbie Anderson (6-3, 175, Soph.)

20 Will Hayes (5-9,182, Soph.)

26 Ikeem Boyd (5-11, 170, Soph.)

SPECIALISTS

Punter/FG/PAT/Kickoffs

15 Paul Layton (6-1, 215, Sr.)

95 Tyler Mayes (6-2, 225, Soph.)

99 Colby Perry (6-2, 180, R-Fr.)

Holder

12 Connor Reilly (6-3, 215, Jr.)

Long/Short Snapper

38 Cody Booth (6-5, 250, Sr.)

Kickoff/Punt Returner

27 Khalif Herbin (5-7, 158, Soph.)

 15 Jalen Fitzpatrick (5-11, 180, Jr.)

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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