He said lining up at H-back first crossed his mind a couple of weeks ago.
"The thing about Chris is, he understands he's going to do whatever we need," Rhule said. "He's a team guy and Temple first. He just kind of said, 'I can get open. I can catch this. I can catch that.' "
Coyer was named Temple's starting quarterback with four games left in 2011. He capped that season by being named the offensive MVP of the New Mexico Bowl.
But the Virginia native passed for just 946 yards in last season's first nine games. Coyer was expected to battle Juice Granger for the starting quarterback spot this spring before Reilly was promoted from fourth string after his arm strength impressed the new coaching staff.
Kevin Newsome, another quarterback, was moved to H-back before suffering a spring practice-ending shoulder injury.
The Cherry and White Game is Saturday.
Gateway pipeline. The hiring of former Gateway High School coach Terry Smith as wide receivers coach has turned out to be a huge recruiting benefit.
On Saturday, Gateway juniors Brenon Thrift and Delvon Randall became the second and third Gators to commit to the Owls since Smith joined Temple's staff in January. Senior cornerback Todd Jeter signed with Temple in February, and is a member of the Owls' 2013 recruiting class.
Meanwhile, Thrift and Randall join St. Peter's Prep junior Shamir Bearfield as the first three members of Temple's 2014 recruiting class.
Thrift, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker/defensive end, chose Temple over West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
Randall is a 6-foot, 190-pounder, who was recruited as an athlete. He picked Temple over Bowling Green, Toledo, and Akron. Bearfield chose Temple over Rutgers and Michigan State.
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