Reilly taking QB snaps with Owls first unit

(David M Warren/Staff Photographer)

Is Connor Reilly Temple’s answer at quarterback? Or is his working with the first unit a way for the coaching staff to motivate senior quarterbacks Juice Granger and Chris Coyer?

Granger and Coyer were expected to battle for the starting position this spring.  Reilly, a redshirt junior who’s also a member of the Owls baseball team, was ranked fourth on the depth chart.

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Reilly is “completing the ball and moving the offense,” Temple coach Matt Rhule told The Temple News. “He makes a big play every day. That’s what you’re looking for, someone who completes balls and moves the offense for what we’re trying to do.

“He has by no means won the job, but after the first scrimmage and the first six days, he’s running with the ones right now.”

Reilly, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, has yet to attempt a pass in a game. He served as Temple’s holder on field goals and extra points last season.

Granger started last season’s final two games while playing in seven total.

The 6-3, 230-pounder completed 31 of 55 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions last season. He also carried the ball 42 times for 206 yards and a score.

Coyer, who started the first nine games, completed 84 of 164 passes for a 946 yards and eight touchdowns to go with four interceptions. The 6-3, 220-pounder was the team’s second-leading rusher with 444 yards on 111 carries.

Temple's Cherry and White scrimmage is scheduled for April 20 at Edberg-Olson Hall.