Monday, January 18, 2016

Former UConn QB Boyle headed to Eastern Kentucky

Tim Boyle, who started eight games at quarterback over the last three seasons, made it official by posting on his Twitter page that he has committed to Eastern Kentucky.

Boyle said "I am officially an EKU Colonel! I am excited to be a part of a tradition rich program under a great head coach in Coach Elder."

Boyle also thanked UConn fans and said "UConn will always have a special place in my heart."

Boyle threw for 1,237 yards in three seasons at UConn including a career high 310 against Cincinnati in 2013 in his second career start. He appeared in three of the most impressive wins at UConn in recent memory as he came in late and completed his only passing attempt in a 45-10 win over Memphis in 2013, had a 6-yard completion in a 37-29 upset of Central Florida in 2014 and when Bryant Shirreffs was knocked out of the game with a concussion, Boyle was 12 for 22 for 110 yards and most importantly no interceptions as the Huskies stunned previously undefeated Houston 20-17 to become bowl eligible.

Boyle served as the No. 2 quarterback as well as the holder during the regular season but Garrett Anderson was seeing second-team work at quarterback during UConn's practices leading into the St. Petersburg Bowl.

UConn returns Shirreffs and Anderson. Tyler Davis will be a redshirt freshman and Southington High's Jasen Rose is expected to sign with the Huskies next month.

Eastern Kentucky returns its starting quarterback Bennie Coney, who ironically also played in that 2013 UConn/Cincinnati game before he transferred to Eastern Kentucky. Coney threw for 2,471 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Boyle never redshirted so he could use his redshirt in the upcoming season and be the Colonels' starting quarterback during the 2017 season or he could play immediately since Eastern Kentucky plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level.

Eastern Kentucky is coming off a 6-5 season and took Kentucky into overtime and also lost to North Carolina State. The Colonels have five winning seasons and one with a 6-6 record over the last six years.

According to Boyle's high school coach Sean Marinan of Xavier High School, former UConn quarterbacks coach Shane Day recommended Eastern Kentucky as a potential landing spot when Boyle reached out to some of his former coaches as UConn when he decided to transfer.

Boyle is the ninth player in UConn's recruiting class of 2013 to leave the program including the third since the end of the season as receivers Dhameer Bradley and Thomas Lucas transferred to Sacred Heart and Duquesne respectively.

Boyle departure and Dom Manco's graduation means that the Huskies will need to find a new long snapper and holder. The best thing to say about the job Manco and Boyle did last season is that they were barely noticed as the Huskies were 16 for 19 on field goals.


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