ATHENS, Ohio – Don’t be surprised to see Chris Coyer play a considerable amount of time against Ohio University.
According to a source with inside knowledge, Temple's coaching staff thought long about starting Coyer at quarteback over Chester Stewart in Wednesday night’s Mid-American Conference East Division showdown. And the Owls (5-3, 3-2 Mid-American) have a package for Coyer that no other signal caller worked on in practice.
At one point, the source added, the redshirt sophomore was taking the majority of the first-team snaps at practice.
The uncertainty surrounding Coyer making his starting debut in a nationally televised game had something to do with Stewart keeping his starting spot.
But if the fifth-year senior continues to struggle, he will probably get a quick hook. And Coyer could become the starter for the rest of the season.
The coaching staff has been impressed with his leadership, practice performances and work ethic over the last month.
In this game, Coyer’s running ability will help a run-first offense.
With starting tailback Bernard Pierce (hamstring) at less than 100 percent, the Owls need another running threat to compliment backup tailback Matt Brown. Pierce probably won’t have a heavy workload against the Bobcats.