Temple backup Juice Granger works with first team

Second-string quarterback Juice Granger played at the end of Temple's loss to Rutgers after Chris Coyer was pulled. Granger is taking more snaps at practice.
Second-string quarterback Juice Granger played at the end of Temple's loss to Rutgers after Chris Coyer was pulled. Granger is taking more snaps at practice. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 23, 2012

There might come a time when Juice Granger plays quarterback at Temple in place of Chris Coyer. So Owls coach Steve Addazio figures it's better to get Granger ready sooner rather than later.

"So, obviously, we are heading into this week, and they are both taking a bunch of reps," Addazio said in preparation for Saturday's game at Pittsburgh. "Chris will be our starter.

"And, as we will roll into that game . . . you've got to go out . . . [and] play at a high level. You've got to compete. And if things aren't going well, we've got to, you know, do what we need to do."

While Addazio said competition is the same for every position, the Owls (3-3, 2-1 Big East) realize they will need solid quarterback play against the Panthers.

Like most opponents, Pitt (3-4, 0-3) will attempt to take away Temple's running game by loading defenders at the line of scrimmage. That will leave things open for Temple's passing game.

Unfortunately for the Owls, Coyer has struggled with his accuracy. The redshirt junior has completed just 61 of 115 passes for 727 yards, with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

One of his worst outings was in Saturday's 35-10 setback to No. 18 Rutgers at Lincoln Financial Field.

The redshirt junior completed 7 of 14 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, with an interception and two fumbles. Coyer threw incomplete passes on seven of his final 10 attempts.

Coyer was pulled when his second fumble was returned for a touchdown with 10 minutes, 51 seconds left.

Granger completed 1 of 3 passes for 7 yards. Saturday marked the George Washington High graduate's second game action of the season. The junior had one carry for 11 yards in mop-up duty against Villanova in the season opener.

In addition to Coyer's subpar performance, Addazio said he inserted Granger to get game experience.

"We are an offense where the quarterback has to handle the ball and has to run the ball a lot, and there's a long season to play," Addazio said. "The other guy needs to play some, for whatever the dynamic or whatever the reason."

Temple-Louisville. The starting time for Temple's Big East game at 16th-ranked Louisville on Nov. 3 has been set for noon. The game will televised locally on 6ABC. The Cardinals (7-0, 2-0) entertain Cincinnati on Friday before hosting the Owls.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com,

or follow on Twitter @pompeysgridlock. Read his blog, "Owls Inq," at www.philly.com/OwlsInq

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