Temple football coach Matt Rhule said there would be a long list of candidates for kick returner and that has been the case this preseason.

Rhule is leaving no stone unturned, which is why redshirt senior defensive end Haason Reddick has been returning kicks in practice.

While the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Reddick won't be a favorite to win the job, he hasn't looked out of place.

"He asked me if he could do it and I said, 'the more that can do it' so I am letting him try it," Rhule said. "We have an open competition."

Rhule has admired the way Reddick has approached the assignment.

"He wants to do it and he takes it really seriously and is out there every day," Rhule said.

Of course Rhule says it is too early to know who the returner will be. Don't be surprised if one of the runnning backs, Ryquell Armstead or Jager Gardner emerges.

Reddick, a former preferred walk-on who was an honorable mention all-American Athletic Conference choice last season, is reverting back to his days at South Jersey's Haddon Heights.

Back then he was 185 pounds and used to return kicks and punts.

"Whatever I can do to help the team I will do it," said Reddick, who was second among Owls defensive linemen with 45 tackles last season.

Then smiling, he added, "It would be great to show what I can do in a game situation."