Newsome injured after move to h-back

Kevin Newsome was recently converted from quarterback to h-back. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

The Kevin Newsome experiment is on hold.

The Temple senior, who was moved from quarterback to h-back last week, will miss most of this spring's drills with a shoulder injury.

The 6-foot-2, 231-pounder sprained his AC joint after hauling in a pass on March 23.

“He bought into the move,” coach Matt Rhule said of the position switch. “I just wish he could be going right now. But at the same time, he made a great catch and hurt his shoulder.

“But he will be ready to go.”

Rhule added that Newsome “will give us a chance to be a weapon there, be versatile and contribute to the team.”

The former Penn State quarterback arrived on Temple's campus a day before last year's training camp began. Consequently, he was not given the opportunity to battle Chris Coyer in camp for the starting job at quarterback.

The Virginia native, who left Penn State in August 2011, was out of football for a year while attending Tidewater (Va.) Community College, which does not have a football team.

He spent last season as the Owls' third-string quarterback while trying to get back into game shape. Newsome asked former Temple coach Steve Addazio  to be switched to wideout or safety after a 36-27 setback to Maryland on Sept. 8. He even lined up at wideout in practice Sept. 12 before resuming his duties as the scout-team quarterback.