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Tim Boyle to get start for UConn versus USF on October 12.

POSTED October 01, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: Tim Boyle was just minding his own business at a recent Tuesday press luncheon at the UConn campus when local reporters gradually made their way to him to talk about what it’s like to be number two on the quarterback depth chart.

Boyle, the former Xavier High School star who it was thought might be red-shirted this year, doesn’t have to answer those questions anymore but has a new set to address.

On Monday at his introduction press conference, T.J. Weist left the barn door wide open by saying he was very much open to playing a freshman quarterback and so, Boyle gets his shot.

The Connecticut native gets to take over a 0-4 team in desperate need of a win, especially with American Athletic Conference play getting underway when his teams takes the field against the University of South Florida at The Rent on Saturday, October 12 at noon.

USF is in a similar boat as the Huskies with a 0-4 record with a home game against Cincinnati on deck Saturday.

Boyle had been working had this year at getting his reps in, having been elevated to the number two spot earlier this year just ahead of Casey Cochran, another CT star from Masuk High School in Monroe.

“I understand the offense and have confidence that I could do the job if I had to,” Boyle said.

Boyle takes over for the embattled starting QB, Chandler Whitmer who simply was not able to get things clicking for 48 minutes per game.

Whitmer has been prone to the turnover, having thrown six interceptions in the first four games a pattern that goes back to last year.

Now, Boyle is not going to be able to get much done if a porous offensive line does not protect him better than they did Whitmer, who was sacked 20 times in 2013.

Boyle led Xavier to a 12-1 record in 2012 and threw for nearly 2500 yards while leading his team to three straight Class LL State titles.

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