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Boyle likes what future looks like on the UConn football field.

POSTED October 24, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: In this win-now sporting world we live in today, it’s tough to go through what the UConn Huskies football program is experiencing now with a 0-6 record that may get worse before it gets better.

On Tuesday afternoon at his weekly meet up with reporters (who are struggling as much as they are to come up with new questions), true freshman quarterback Tim Boyle did find a bit of a silver lining in this rough 2013 campaign.

The Future.

He’s been called it and it’s now hard to see why. But aside from the former Xavier star being in his first year, UConn returns eleven players on the weekly depth chart who line up in the skill positions.

In 2014, tail back Lyle McCombs, wide outs Shakim Phillips, Geremy Davis, Deshon Foxx and number two QB Chandler Whitmer will enter their senior years on the field.

Tight end Sean McQuillan and back-up tailback Max Delorenzo will be juniors, leaving three other sophomores, aside from Boyle still in the mix.

Back-up wide out Dhameer Bradley and both current fullbacks, Matt Walsh and Jazzmar Clax will be going into their second full season in 2014.

Of the 22 players on the two-deep chart this week, only five will graduate.

Offensive lineman Jimmy Bennett, Steve Greene, Tyler Bullock, Kevin Friend and tight end Spencer Parker will al graduate this year.

The offensive line has taken the brunt of the criticism this season but has not had many chances to perform as a unit due to various injuries that has resulted in a lackluster running game and protection problems.

Huskie quarterbacks have been looking up from the turf 31 times in but six games this season.

On the defensive side, only four of the 22 listed this week graduate.

Defensive ends Jesse Joseph and Tim Willman will leave as will tackle Shamar Stephen and linebacker Ryan Donohue.  

Boyle see’s hope on the horizon when he looks around the locker room.

“I didn’t even realize it myself until a couple of weeks ago but we are a very young team,” Boyle said, “We have some terrific young skill players who are very talented so the future looks promising to me.”

The lumps will be large this year, they already are but if a young group of talented players can hang in together, maybe the 2014 campaign can look and feel better for all involved.

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