Here are some observations from Temple’s morning scrimmage:
Less than one week into practice and it appears that the starting quarterback job is up in the air. Considered to be senior Connor Reilly’s job coming out of the spring game, it’s clear that Matt Rhule is considering fifth-year senior Clint Granger for the starting job. He also spoke very highly of freshman QB P.J. Walker
“I thought (freshman) P.J. Walker really came out and played well today. He ran with the ones and the twos. The thing about P.J. is he has presence,” Rhule said. “I thought Clinton Granger did some really good things today, and I thought that Connor struggled today.
“We’ll keep it open through the next scrimmage (next Saturday) and then kind of make a decision,” Rhule said.
He then added:
“I don’t know that I’m smart enough to know exactly when I’ll make the decision, but I would like to make it as soon as possible. But I think when you don’t know the last thing you want to do is lie to the team. I think the team will know when we have a starter because then it will all just crystallize. I hope to know after the next scrimmage. What I won’t do is wait until we get to game week to know. We’ll go into Notre Dame prep week knowing.”
The defense dominated the scrimmage, which last just under two hours.
“I thought the defense played really well,” Rhule said. “The first two defensive lines played well. They really brought pressure to stop the run. They pressured a lot more than the offense has seen; the offense really struggled today. So the offense has to really pick it up and the defense has to continue what it’s doing.”
Rhule had high praise for the play of linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who looked more physical than he did at times last season. Rhule also had praise for down lineman Levi Brown, Kamal Johnson and Sean Daniels. Daniels, 6-3, 230, looked particularly good coming off the edge to put pressure on passers.