Matt Rhule sticking with P.J. Walker at quarterback

Temple coach Matt Rhule (left) talks to P. J. Walker (11) during a timeout in Saturday's game against Louisville. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

Very few surprises came out of Temple coach Matt Rhule’s American Athletic Conference teleconference with the media this afternoon.

Rhule said that he will stick with his decision to start freshman P.J. Walker at quarterback this Friday at Cincinnati and probably beyond.

“As of right now P.J. will start,” Rhule said. I thought he did some good things (on Saturday). He was very coachable about what he could have done on Saturday in the game, se we’ll look for him to start and have Connor Reilly ready to play,” Rhule said.

“I think we are in the fortunate position that we have two guys that can play,” Rhule continued, adding that Reilly’s injured right knee had no bearing on his decision.  “Even in the game I thought Connor played well early. He dropped back and threw the ball well but we just didn’t have the protection we needed him to be successful. But we have felt over the course of the last four or five weeks that P.J. has gotten better and better and better. We feel like it’s time for him to go out and play and Connor has to wait for his time.”

Rhule also said that backup quarterback Clinton Granger will be getting some reps at tight end in the future due to injuries. Chris Coyer, who has been playing some at tight end in place of injured Romond Deloatch (out for the season with a knee injury), is also a little banged up.

“We’re just kind of running out of bodies this year,” Rhule said. “We’re hurting for some athletes and obviously Juice is a great athlete and has the willingness to do it. I don’t know how far along he’ll get with it but he’s giving it a shot.”