Chester Stewart named Temple starting QB

Chester Stewart was officially named starting quarterback at Temple over the weekend, an announcement that was a mere formality.

Stewart emerged as the starter during the spring following a competition with Vaughn Charlton, who started for the majority of 2009. Charlton was moved to tight end just before the spring game, clearing the way for Stewart to take over.

"It’s apparent to the staff and perhaps more significantly his teammates, that after two weeks of training camp, Chester has unmistakably distinguished himself as the starting QB both on and off the field,” Coach Al Golden said in a statement released by the school.

Stewart has started seven games -- four last season and three as a redshirt freshman in 2008. Stewart went 26-of-65 for 514 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for two touchdowns in relief of Charlton last season. Indeed, Stewart is more mobile than Charlton and adds a different dimension to the offense. With Bernard Pierce returning in the backfield, along with both starting receivers, the Owls could make big gains.

One area Stewart has really worked on his is accuracy. He only completed 40 percent of his passes last season (compared to 50 percent for Charlton). Offensive coordinator Matt Rhule said Stewart completed 70 percent of his passes in the last scrimmage Temple had.

"We feel extremely confident in his ability to move our team,” Matt Rhule said in a statement. “He has demonstrated poise, maturity, and production throughout camp.”

Redshirt freshman Chris Coyer and redshirt junior Mike Gerardi will serve as the backups. Temple opens the season Sept. 3 against Villanova.