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Coyer takes snaps at H-back/tight end

Chris Coyer is still listed as a quarterback.

Coyer takes snaps at H-back/tight end

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Temple quarterback Chris Coyer (10) prepares to pass against Louisville in a NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Temple quarterback Chris Coyer (10) prepares to pass against Louisville in a NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

 Chris Coyer is still listed as a quarterback.

Just don’t be surprised to see the Temple fifth-year senior line up at tight end/h-back during certain situations this upcoming season.  That’s what happened during Tuesday’s spring practice at Edberg-Olson Hall. And the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was impressive, catching two touchdown passes.

However, Owls coach Matt Rhule told reporters that Coyer is still a quarterback. With Connor Reilly listed as the first-stringer, Temple wants to try Coyer at other offensive positions. In other words, the Owls are trying to find ways to get one of their best athletes on the field no matter what.

Coyer was named Temple’s starting quarterback with four games left in the 2011 season.  He capped that season by being named the offensive MVP of the season-ending New Mexico Bowl.

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The Virginia native struggled while starting at quarterback in last season's first nine games. Coyer completed 84 of 164 passes for 946 yards and eight touchdowns, with four interceptions.  He was the team’s second-leading rusher with 444 yards on 111 carries.

Coyer was expected to battle Juice Granger for the starting quarterback spot this spring. However, Reilly  was promoted from fourth string after his arm strength impressed the coaching staff.

The Owls’ Cherry and White game is Saturday.

Coyer is the second quarterback to take snaps at a different position this spring. Kevin Newsome was moved to h-back before suffering a spring-practice ending shoulder injury.

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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.

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