Saturday, January 16, 2016

Quarterback Tim Boyle to transfer from UConn

Pretty much every offseason since Tim Boyle has been at UConn there have been rumors about the former Xavier High School star transferring.

Well, this time it is more than just a rumor. At the Walter Camp Foundation's Breakfast of Champions event Xavier football coach Sean Marinan confirmed that Boyle was given his release from the program a couple weeks ago and he is set to make a visit to Eastern Kentucky.

"Every kid wants to play and he wants to play pretty bad," Marinan said. "He has a lot of ability so maybe he should have made this move a year or two ago but I hope it works out for him.

"He thought he was going to compete, they were having him compete and it didn't work out one way or the other. After the Temple game they moved him down the depth chart (Garrett Anderson served as UConn's second-string quarterback during the practices in Clearwater, Fla. heading into the St. Petersburg Bowl) so the writing was on the wall. He is a competitor and he wants to play."

Marinan said that UConn coach Bob Diaco has been very helpful during this process. Marinan has been contacting coaches on Boyle's behalf and Boyle reached out to some of his former coaches at UConn. Shane Day, recently hired as the tight ends coach of the Miami Dolphins, had a connection to the staff at Eastern Kentucky leading to Boyle taking a visit there.

"He has one year of eligibility and fortunately he still has the redshirt year so hopefully that will work out," Marinan said. "You have to find a school to pay two (years) to get one. I've talked to a number of schools and they are not willing to do that. He'll keep pulling along and see if something works out for him.

"He contacted some of the former UConn coaches, I think it was Coach Day now with the Dolphins. He made a phone call, knew of somebody so they were trying recruit Tim out of high school so he is going down for an official this weekend."

Boyle was 31 for 60 for 281 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions during the recently-completed season. He also served as the holder on extra points and field goals.

In other news from today's event, Avon all-state linebacker Teddy Allmendinger  confirmed that he has accepted a spot as a preferred walk-on at UConn as a fullback/h-back. I caught up with him at today's event as well as UConn commits Tyler Coyle, Keyion Dixon and Jasen Rose and I will have more on their thoughts as we move closer to national signing day.

Finally, former St. Joseph High and Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich said that he not only will be taking part in the Senior Bowl but also has accepted an invitation to the NFL scouting combine.


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