Temple reserve quarterback Kevin Newsome is taking some repetitions with the first unit at practice.
Owls coach Steve Addazio was asked Tuesday if Newsome will play in Saturday's Big East game against Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field.
“I don’t know that yet,” Addazio said. “He’s taking a bunch of reps this week.
“He’s got a long way to go, but he’s certainly moving the needle. And I don’t know. I don’t know. I just think that [starter] Chris [Coyer] gives us our best opportunity to operate right now. And for some reason, things don’t go right, [then] the next guy in, go ahead.”
The junior made his first appearance late in this past Saturday’s 45-17 setback at Louisville. The Penn State transfer had a 42-yard run on his first play from scrimmage en route to rushing three times for 52 yards. He did not attempt a pass.
Newsome is receiving repetitions partly because backup quarterback Juice Granger is out with a sprained ankle. Granger had been splitting reps with Coyer at practice.
“Juice has been a little dinged up,” Addazio said when asked if Newsome moved ahead of Granger on the depth chart. “He tweated his ankle a little bit. So Kevin has been able to take those reps.
“I kind of view those guys as kind of being the same to me. I have been giving Juice that first [offense] if you will.”
“We will see what the week looks like [and] keep pushing those guys, letting those guys in.”
Coyer had three fumbles on Saturday. They led to 17 Louisville points, 14 of them coming in the second half.
He fumbled on the Owls' first possession of the third quarter after gaining 2 yards to the Louisville 32 on a third-and-2 play. Nine plays later, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's 25-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker gave the Cardinals a 38-17 lead with 6 minutes, 54 seconds left in the third.
But of his second-half fumbled occurred while Temple was successfully moving the ball. He also completed just 2 of 8 passes for 20 yards, with the completions coming on the Owls first two drives.
Wanting Coyer to snap out of his funk, Addazio hopes he doesn’t have to use any of his backups on Saturday.
“But if they do get an opportunity, I am happy to see the opportunity,” he said. “But who knows? Who Knows? Seek and find.”