Owls still lack clear-cut starter at QB

Senior Chester Stewart could still have a chance to become Temple's starting quarterback despite Mike Gerardi's successful start to the season. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Remember Temple’s starting quarterback competition?

Yeah, the one you thought ended after Mike Gerardi’s solid two games as a starter.

Well, the battle is still on-going.

Gerardi is listed as the starter for Saturday’s game against Penn State at Lincoln Financial Field.  Chester Stewart and Chris Coyer are in the mix for the backup position.  But Temple won't say who’ll get the most snaps.

“I thought Chester [Stewart] played very well in that game against Akron last Saturday, said Temple coach Steve Addazio , who won’t name a clear-cut starter. “I think Chester is a guy that can be in that game, as could Chris Coyer.

“I think that Chester’s play was outstanding in the game. So I think all things are open.”

Addazio added that the quarterbacks will be evaluated at the end week before a decision is made on playing time.

Stewart, who missed the Villanova game due to a one-game suspension, completed 1 of 2 passes for 18 yards in fourth-quarter appearance against Akron.  The fifth-year senior had a would-be touchdown dropped by tight end Evan Rodriguez in the flat.  Stewart also had three carries for 23 yards.

Gerardi completed 21 of 37 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns in his two starts.  Coyer didn’t attempt a pass against Villanova. He did, however, score on a 68-yard rushing touchdown. Coyer did not play against Akron.

“To sit here and say this guy is the starter and that’s it, I don’t really believe in that,” Addazio said. “I think Mike did a good job in the game [against Akron]. I think Chester did a good job in the game.

“We will probably see Mike start the [Penn State] game. But we can see Chester play a fair amount .”

-          Keith Pompey