Paul Pasqualoni has been fired and changes are afoot for UConn's football program. But one of the changes would have taken place even if Pasqualoni survived another two weeks. In his final conference call with the media, he hinted that true freshman quarterback Tim Boyle would start for the Huskies' Oct. 12 game against South Florida.
And it sounds like interim coach T.J. Weist agreed with the decision. A source told the Hartford Courant's Desmond Conner that Boyle would indeed be under center for UConn's next game.
That means Chandler Whitmer's headed to the bench after an inconsistent start to the season.
Before the final nail in Pasqualoni's coffin -- the Huskies blowout loss to Buffalo over the weekend -- Boyle was asked about the possibility of more playing time.
"People ask me would I be pressured. Obviously, if I think the first couple of plays, if I were to play this year, I’d be a little nervous just like every other freshman would,” Boyle said at the time. “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.
"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."
The question was put to him again prior to Pasqualoni spilling the beans on his final media conference call. "I can't control things, but whatever the coaches decide to do, I'm just going to try and go on from there," Boyle said, via the Courant. "If they want me to play, I'll play. Chandler works his butt off. I know people are giving him a lot of criticism, but he still works as hard as he can. ... He helps me. We watch film together. Whatever happens, happens.
"Like I told you before, I'm just going to prepare like I'm the starter. Whatever they need me to do. If they need me to back up, I'll back up. If they need me to play, I'll play. It's out of my control, but I do personally believe I'm ready. My experience isn't there, but once I get settled down after the first couple plays, I think I'll be able to get into a rhythm. Mentally I know my reads, my progressions, seeing defenses. I think I'm prepared enough if I were to go in the game."