Temple Football: Previewing the quarterback position

When the 2013 Temple football season ended it looked clear who would be the starting quarterback for the Owls. P.J. Walker played the last nine games of the season and completed 60.8 percent of his passes, ending up with 20 touchdowns. He has the hot hand and even with losing top wideout Robbie Anderson, coach Matt Rhule still believes in his sophomore quarterback to lead the team.

The 6-1 quarterback threw for 2,084 yards, which ties a Temple record for 4th best in a single season. The upside to Walker is endless. He will be entering his sophomore year in 2014, has 7 straight games of 200 yards or more and looks to be building confidence as practices go on. Walker proved that he can be a mobile quarterback when needed. He rushed for 92 yards against SMU and finished the year with 332 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns to go with that.

Behind Walker on the depth chart looks to be Connor Reilly. Reilly won the starting job last year but did not perform up to expectations. He threw only 2 touchdowns in six games and rushed for 1 touchdown. Entering his senior year it looks as if he will be the back up to Walker barring a horrific start to the year by P.J. During Temple’s spring game Reilly played well and proved that he can throw the long ball and also connect on short play passes for positive yardage. It is also possible that Coach Rhule could use Reilly in different packages throughout the season to keep opposing defenses on their heels.

Next on the depth chart looks to be redshirt sophomore Thomas Rumer. Rumer, who redshirted his first year at Temple in 2012 also did not play during the 2013 season. At the spring game Rumer showed his size and the athletic ability that he posses. During his high school days at Malvern Prep, Rumer made his way into the Friars’ record book for most passing yards against Roman Catholic, the alma matter of former Colts wide receiver, Marvin Harrison.

Tim DiGiorgio, the left handed quarterback who redshirted his freshman year last year will most likely round out the Owls quarterback depth chart. DiGiorgio a graduate of Frankford High School, led his squad to a Philadelphia Public League Championship win in his junior year and finished his two seasons as quarterback with 4,061 yards and 44 touchdowns. Very good numbers for just two years. Coach Matt Rhule has spoken very highly of DiGiorgio as on the diamonds in Temple’s backyard, as Frankford High is just a 16 minute drive away from Temple University.