Rhule: Reilly hurting; Granger may start

Temple quarterback Juice Granger. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Three days after hurting his right knee in Temple’s loss to Houston and the Owls are still not certain whether or not starting quarterback Connor Reilly will be available to play Saturday against Fordham.

“He didn’t practice today so he’ll be day-by-day,” Temple coach Matt Rhule said of Reilly, who was injured in the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 22-13 loss to American Athletic Conference opponent Houston. “But if the game were today he wouldn’t have played; he wouldn’t have even suited up.”

If Reilly is unable to start on Saturday, Temple will start fifth-year senior Clinton Granger. Granger started the final two games of the 2012 season, leading the Owls to a 63-32 victory over Army and a 38-20 loss to Syracuse.

Rhule says he has confidence that Granger, who battled Reilly to the end of training camp for the starting job, is ready to play for the start.

“We went with Connor because we thought we had something there,” Rhule said. “But we also felt good about Juice. Juice has come a long way. I think Juice will go out there and play well. I have complete confidence in Clinton if he goes.”

Temple is 0-2 this season (0-1 AAC). Fordham is 2-0.