Tim Boyle was in an untenable situation last season. As a true freshman, and on a team in turmoil, he was thrust into the lineup after Paul Pasqualoni was fired four games into the season. The results were disastrous.
Boyle was 0-4, with no touchdowns, eight interceptions, and he completed just 44 percent of his passes. In fact, first-year coach Bob Diaco thinks the decision to play Boyle, who clearly wasn't ready, was an awful one, and it has something to do with the coach's decision to redshirt Boyle in 2014.
“All-in-all, if we can, we will protect him,” Diaco said Monday, via SNY.com. ” He is a 4 to play 3, That will allow us to create separation between years from him and the other guys. It’s the best thing for him and his interests. If it is possible, we will make every effort (to redshirt).”
Boyle sounds like he fully embraces the decision.
“It will be huge for me and my game,” the sophomore said. “I have learned this past camp and spring that getting mental reps is a huge part of development as a football player. Seeing things in practice on the sidelines… will help prepare mentally. I am getting ready to play games this year. It’s not like I will be taking taking a year off…I am going to be ready to go.“
The move not only benefits Boyle, who can have time to grow into the job, but it also creates separation among UConn's QB class; Whitmer will graduate after the season, and next year Cochran will be a junior and Boyle and transfer Bryant Shirreffs will be sophomores. They'll be joined by freshman Tyler Davis.