It has only been a few days, but the position switch made by Iowa quarterback Ryan Boyle to wide receiver got off to a solid start if the spring football game this weekend was any indication. Boyle made the position switch on Wednesday and then caught two touchdowns on Saturday. Yes, that will work.
“The rest of us have been playing receiver for at least five years,” Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg said, according to the Des Moines Register. “So him three days in, and he’s making plays like that? That says a lot.”
Boyle had a nice 38-yard catch and run for one touchdown. He also got his hands on a second touchdown off a six-yard pass on the final play of the game. Small sample size, sure, but Boyle’s highlights offer a glimmer of hope for Iowa’s offense as it looks to add depth at the wide receiver position. With C.J. Beathard locked in as Iowa’s starting quarterback, Boyle being a team player by converting to a position of need speaks volumes of his commitment to helping the team.
“Players like that, it’s just good to have those guys on your football team,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We’ll keep fooling around with this, and we’ll see where it goes. There are openings on the receiver position … so if he can make a contribution there, it’d be a great thing.”
It is expected Boyle will contribute on special teams in some capacity, if not just as a part-time wide receiver. It should also be noted Beathard needed to undergo an MRI this week after injuring his throwing shoulder in a practice on Wednesday. Fortunately, no serious damage was found other than a bruise.