Said Rhule: "I put him on the D-line to shake him up a little."
It turns out that Deloatch was the one doing the shaking up. Over two practices, Deloatch recorded nine sacks.
"It was really eye-opening," Rhule, his eyebrows raised, said, laughing.
On Monday morning, Deloatch's penance appeared to be paid: He once again ran with the first unit at tight end.
Deloatch never got down on himself after the switch, he said, because of a character-building experience he endured in January. That's when his mother, Wanda Deloatch, 46, died of colon cancer. Wanda Deloatch had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a month earlier.
"That was tough," said Deloatch, who appeared in eight games and started two at wide receiver last year. "But Coach Rhule was very supportive of me when my mother was sick. He was always there for me. I knew that he was doing what he did to make me a better person and a better football player."
Just one of four freshmen to start a game last season, Deloatch lined up at wide receiver and led the owls with four receptions for 42 yards in his debut against Cincinnati.
Deloatch's weight went from 205 pounds to 230 by spring training, and the Owls coaching staff decided to try him at tight end.
And while he was running with the first-team offense on Monday, Deloatch said that it is not etched in stone that he will be on the offensive side of the ball when the Owls open the season at Notre Dame on Aug. 31.
"I don't really know where I'll be when the season starts," Deloatch said, "but I just want to make sure that I make a contribution, offensively or defensively. I just want to help Temple University make it back to a bowl game."