Rhule's QB Vision

Finding the right quarterback now and in the future will be an immediate priority for new Temple football coach Matt Rhule. He'll have three senior signal-callers to decide from when picking a starter for this season. And at the end of this season, he'll be facing the task of replacing the top three quarterbacks in his system and re-stocking a position that will be down to two.

Finding the right quarterback now and in the future will be an immediate priority for new Temple football coach Matt Rhule.

He'll have three senior signal-callers to decide from when picking a starter for this season - Chris Coyer, Juice Granger and Kevin Newsome.

And at the end of this season, he'll be facing the task of replacing the top three quarterbacks in his system and re-stocking a position that will be down to two – junior Connor Reilly, who to this point has produced more on the baseball diamond for the Owls, and P.J. Walker, who signed his letter of intent last Wednesday.

The first move Rhule feels he made in settling his quarterback situation was the hire of Marcus Satterfield, who was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee-Chattanooga. While Rhule approached other candidates about the position, knowing he could move Satterfield into a position coach role, he eventually handed the job to the 36-year-old who has had stops at Richmond, Western Carolina and UT-Martin.

"I love Marcus Satterfield, he's (been a coordinator) for seven years," said Rhule. "Two years ago, they had a top-10 offense in the country. They scored 20-some points against Auburn when they won the national championship.

"His quarterback got drafted, he had a freshman come in and made (all-rookie team) and then the next year had a different freshman that was all-rookie. It's unbelievably important (to have someone who can develop quarterbacks) and finding the right trigger man makes a lot of things right.

"There was a time after Adam (DiMichele) that we didn't sign a quarterback for a few years, and I don't want to do that ever again. I want to bring a quarterback in every year and have a vision for what we're doing and get the right guy for that vision."

When he announced his first recruiting class last Wednesday, it had only one quarterback – but it might just be the right guy for that vision in P.J. Walker.

Walker looks like the marquee player in the 2013 class, and while Rhule said he will have a chance to compete this season, it would be shocking if Walker sees the field before 2014 because of the veterans the Owls have at the position. However, right now, Walker would have to be considered the front-runner to start on Opening Day 2014.

"The thing I like about P.J. Walker he was down eight points late in his state championship game with the ball on his own 2-yard-line and went down and won the game," said Rhule." "We walked into his high school and the security guard said "You here for P.J.? You won't find anyone better.'

"That's what you want at the quarterback position. You want a guy that everybody on the team follows, everybody knows he will win the game. He'll have to prove it at this level, but he has great mechanics, can escape and move and has a little bit of swagger."

Walker's rapid ascension to starter could change in the next recruiting class, especially if the Owls go after a junior college transfer. And Rhule admitted with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, he will make adding quarterback depth a necessity.

"At the end of this year, we'll have two scholarship quarterbacks and I'd like to have four or five," said Rhule. "We have to do a great job recruiting that position for 2014."

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