Temple wants Kevin Newsome to be ready at quarterback

Posted: September 21, 2012

Temple coach Steve Addazio said he does not know whether quarterback Kevin Newsome will see time at wide receiver Saturday against Penn State.

At least, Addazio will not reveal his plans publicly. But it's obvious that the Owls don't want to do anything to stymie the Penn State transfer's growth at quarterback.

"You want him playing quarterback for you because in a blink someone goes down," Addazio said. "All of a sudden, you are one snap away from playing in the game."

But the junior, who has yet to play at Temple, asked to be switched to wideout or safety after a 36-27 setback to Maryland on Sept. 8.

He lined up at wideout in practice Sept. 12 before resuming his duties as the scout-team quarterback.

"I just appreciate the fact that he's a kid that, obviously, is a competitor that wants to find a way to be on the field," Addazio said. "It's frustrating from that standpoint. But yet he understands it.

"The nature of the position he plays, he's really got to be ready to play quarterback for us."

Newsome arrived on Temple's campus a day before training camp began. Consequently he was not given the opportunity to battle Chris Coyer in camp for the starting job at quarterback.

The 21-year-old, 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.

"We got a lot of football [remaining]," Addazio said. "We played two games. We had a mass of injuries. We haven't had one at the quarterback, thank God, position yet.

"So you really want to keep growing him and developing him that way."

Contact Keith Pompey at 215-854-2939 or kpompey@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @pompeysgridlock. Read his blog "Owls Inq." at www.phillynews.com.


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