New Attitude

When quarterback Kevin Newsome decided to transfer from Penn State to Temple, he did so with the knowledge the odds of earning a starting spot in his career could be against him. A junior with two years of eligibility, he joins a team with an incumbent junior starter in Chris Coyer and incumbent junior backup in Clinton "Juice" Granger.

When quarterback Kevin Newsome decided to transfer from Penn State to Temple, he did so with the knowledge the odds of earning a starting spot in his career could be against him.

A junior with two years of eligibility, he joins a team with an incumbent junior starter in Chris Coyer and incumbent junior backup in Clinton "Juice" Granger.

It's a situation he might not have put himself into a few years ago, but Newsome admitted he's a different person now.

"Coach (Steve) Addazio is all about the team, the team, the team, and we're coming together as a family," said Newsome. "I loved the environment, the ambition and Coach Addazio's vision. If I'm playing on the scout team, I'm helping the defense, I'm contributing.

"I'm here to get an education first and second for football. As long as I'm around the sport I love, the coaches I love and the teammates I love, and doing the best I can do, I'm comfortable with that. When I came up here in January, I knew this was the place I wanted to be."

Newsome was the 10th-ranked quarterback prospect in the country when he committed to Penn State out of Hargrave Military Academy. He played in 10 games as a true freshman, completing 8-of-11 passes.

But as the Nittany Lions struggled at the quarterback position the last two years, he saw Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin surpass him on the depth chart. He threw just 13 passes as a sophomore and took a redshirt last year before winding up with the Owls.

"Being young-minded, you think things are given, not earned," said Newsome. "I've matured into a man, and all you can do is all you can do. If you do the best you can, you can look at yourself in the mirror and smile."

Newsome left behind a University in turmoil after the child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky became public. Penn State was hit with severe sanctions this summer, including a four-year bowl ban and loss of scholarships.

"Being a former Penn State player, it's sad to see what went down," said Newsome. "First and foremost, innocent children are involved. You can't find ways to explain how terrible that circumstance is.

"Knowing (former coach) Joe Paterno not only as a man. ... He was a good man, and he made mistakes. As men, we all make mistakes."

Newsome wasn't able to make the move to Temple until the summertime, so his adaptation to the offense has been an admitted crash course.

"Definitely the most difficult part is just the time," said Newsome. "I wish I could have had more time to study. But you roll with the punches, you know what I'm saying."

Addazio feels Newsome will be on the field this year, if for no other reason than the quarterback is a primary ballcarrier in his offense and injuries are an inevitable byproduct.

"Our offense is tailor-made for (Newsome), and we're going to need them all," said Addazio of his three quarterbacks. "He's doing the best he can to be a quick study.

"What happens in the offense we're in, if all of the sudden your starter is dinged up, you put your No. 2 guy in. And if you don't have a No. 3 guy, you're afraid to run your No. 2 guy and all of the sudden you're out of your offense.

"We have three guys. We're going to let it rip."

Coyer, while acknowledging he would like to take every critical snap, has been impressed with Newsome's grasp of the offense.

"It's great to have guys behind me prepared to go into a game and win a game if they have to," said Coyer. "I can really appreciate what (Newsome's) done. He's a smart guy, has come into an offense he's never seen before, and what he's been able to do this camp is great."

Newsome just hopes his progression has been enough to aid the Owls in any way possible.

"Every day I do the best I can do that day and give it all I have. ... for Temple," said Newsome. "I just want this team to be successful."

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