Stewart's play draws criticism

Chester Stewart has taken criticism and blame from Owls fans. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Chester Stewart is being introduced to the world of Twitter.

On the real-time information network, Stewart is perhaps the hottest topic surrounding Temple’s football team.

Judging by responses, a portion of Owls’ fans want him to play a different position.

In their opinions, Temple wins despite of the fifth-year senior. When the Owls lose, it is because of him.

Over the past couple of days, some Temple fans keep pointing out Stewart’s performance in Saturday’s 36-13 setback to Toledo. 

The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder completed 10 of 20 passes for 173 yards and two interceptions against the Rockets. Stewart did have a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Rodriguez. He also rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries.

But it was Stewart’s two interceptions and several other errant throws that received most of the attention. And that wasn’t just on Twitter.

Temple coach Steve Addazio was even asked at Monday’s Mid-American Conference teleconference about his quarterback situation.

Will there be an open competition? Or will Stewart be your starter on Saturday?

“It’s always an open competition,” Addazio said. “But I felt that Chester competed really hard in the football game. I said it after the game. I watched the tape and I saw it.

“He had a couple of tough throws in there. But you know it’s not evaluated on just a throw or two. That’s like saying an offensive lineman missed two blocks, so let’s bench him.”

Apparently, Addazio has more appreciation for his quarterback than the Owls’ faithful.

The Owls released their depth chart at 4:09 p.m. Monday. Stewart is listed as the starter, with Mike Gerardi as the backup. Chris Coyer is listed third, followed behind Juice Granger.