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Rhule names Reilly Temple's starting quarterback

Temple coach Matt Rhule named junior quarterback Connor Reilly the team’s starter for the regular season, which begins on Aug. 31 at Notre Dame.

Rhule names Reilly Temple's starting quarterback

Temple´s Connor Reilly. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Temple's Connor Reilly. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Temple coach Matt Rhule named junior quarterback Connor Reilly the team’s starter for the regular season, which begins on Aug. 31 at Notre Dame.

Reilly, who has never started a collegiate game, beat out Clinton ‘Juice’ Granger for the starting job. Granger, a fifth-year senior, started the last two games of last season at quarterback.

“It was a hard decision for us,” Rhule said Thursday at the team’s Media Day inside The Pavilion, home to Temple’s new indoor practice facility. “But we’ve made it now and we’ll move forward.  We feel like they both can lead the team. They have both done a good job. But Connor is the guy we’re going to move forward with and let him start this first game.”

Rhule let Reilly know that he had won the job during a meeting earlier in the day.

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“I felt a little nervous going in there,” Reilly, who quit the baseball team to focus solely on football, said. “He told me I was the starter, have fun, ease into and just have fun playing football next Saturday.”

 

 

 

 

John Mitchell
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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