What’s goin’ on?
There was a time, just a short time ago actually,, when Tim Boyle, the former Xavier-Middletown star and UConn true freshman would have said he wasn’t ready but the staff has been bringing him along quickly and is now sharing the No.2 job with the another state product in Casey Cochran.
“I’d be comfortable…yep,” Boyle said. “I’d be comfortable.”
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“People ask me would I be pressured. Obviously, I think the first couple of plays, if I were to play this year, I’d be a little nervous just like every other freshmen would,” Boyle said. “Once the first couple plays get out of the system I think I’ll settle down and I’ll get in a groove. I’ve prepared and Coach [quarterbacks coach Shane] Day and this coaching staff has asked me to prepare like I’m a starter so I’ve watched film with Chandler [Whitmer]. I’ve done everything Chandler has done so in case I do go in a game this year I’ll be prepared. I don’t want to be the inexperienced freshman all rattled out there and trying to figure stuff out on the go. I want to know what I’m doing, every play and do it to the best of my ability.
So just how did Boyle get to this point?
“It started out when I came in this summer,” Boyle said. “The quartebacks spent a lot of time with us trying to teach us the offense and try to get comfortable with the system, the reads and trying to see defenses, protections all that kind of stuff. Once we hit training camp, I really put my nose to the grindstone and I really tried to pick this stuff up so I could put myself in a good position with the team if I wanted to go in the game or get myself up on the depth chart because I knew Casey was going to be No.2.
“As a freshman I’m not expecting too much coming in but obviously I wanted to show my teammates I could play and earn their respect so I just picked up the offense as fast I could. I spent some extra time with Coach Day and he taught me some stuff. Chandler has been great with me. He’s taught me a whole heck of a lot – and I just wanted to put myself in a good situation for the team. I picked up the offense pretty quick and I’m still on the way.”