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Middlefield’s Boyle to start for UConn

When the UConn football team takes the field against South Florida Saturday, Oct. 12, the offense will be led by quarterback Tim Boyle of Middlefield.

Boyle replaced junior Chandler Whitmer, the starting quarterback for the first four games of the year.

UConn’s season got off to a miserable start. The Huskies stand winless at 0-4. That record includes a 33-18 loss to Division 1-AA Towson, and, most recently, a 41-12 thumping at the hands of Buffalo.

After the Buffalo game, UConn fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who leaves after two-plus seasons with a 10-18 record.

T.J. Weist, UConn’s first-year offensive coordinator, was named interim coach and will, like Boyle, face his first test against South Florida.

Boyle steps into a difficult situation.

According to, UConn ranks last among all Division 1-A teams in rushing at 45.8 yards per game, and is near the bottom in most offensive categories.

UConn has allowed 20 sacks in four games.

The offensive line coach, George DeLeone, was fired along with Pasqualoni.

The situation led to speculation that UConn would redshirt Boyle, saving his freshman year for next season.

However, the QB switch was made immediately following the coaching change.

Boyle, listed at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, threw 24 touchdowns last season while leading Xavier to its third straight state championship.

Speaking of Boyle, Weist was quoted as saying: “[W]e think he’s shown maturity on and off the field where he takes responsibility for what he’s doing, has enough maturity to take responsibility for handling the offense and putting all of our plans and everything in his hands.”

Boyle’s mother, Nancy, a long-time member of the District 13 Board of Education, told the Town Times: “We are proud of our son that he has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches to be given the opportunity.”

The noon game will be played at Rentschler Field and televised on SNY.

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