Former Penn State quarterback Kevin Newsome has given Temple a verbal commitment that he intends to transfer, sources told the Daily News.
Newsome took part in spring practice last year with the Nittany Lions but left the program in August.
He will have 2 years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately because he did not play last season.
The Owls’ starter is Chris Coyer, who also has 2 years left on North Broad Street. He took over late in the season and looked impressive running a similar spread offense to the one Steve Addazio ran as the coordinator at Florida. Coyer was the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in Temple’s 37-15 New Mexico Bowl win over Wyoming.
Newsome, 6-2, 231 pounds, was highly regarded coming out of Hargrave Military Academy and served as Daryll Clark’s backup as a freshman in 2009. He was thought to be the front-runner to succeed Clark in 2010, but eventually lost out to Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin.
Newsome played sparingly in 15 games in 2009 and 2010 for the Nittany Lions. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 144 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran the ball 34 times for 154 yards, with three scores.
Newsome will be among the newcomers who will be part of the Owls’ newest recruiting class, which becomes official Wednesday and is expected to include 28 players.
- Mike Kern