IOWA CITY, Iowa – Ryan Boyle is one of the most accomplished and highly decorated quarterbacks in the history of Iowa high school football.
He led West Des Moines Dowling to consecutive Class 4A state titles as a junior and senior and was named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year in both of those seasons.
He was also a three-year starter who led Dowling to a 31-2 record, and he finished his high school career with 7,609 total yards.
Hawkeye fans were thrilled when Boyle signed with Iowa in 2015, but his success from high school didn't carry over to college, although, that is starting to change, thanks to Boyle's decision to change schools.
He is now playing for Indiana State as a graduate transfer and is coming off his first start for the Sycamores this past Saturday when threw for over 200 yards and completed passes to six different receivers during a victory over Eastern Illinois.
Indiana State is 2-1 this season after finishing 0-11 last season.
We caught up with Boyle on Wednesday as he was our guest on the Allhawkeyes/KCJJ radio show.
Boyle talked about why he chose to transfer from Iowa, why he chose Indiana State and what he plans to do after college.
He expressed no bitterness about how he was treated at Iowa, and actually said that Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was totally supportive of his decision to transfer.
Boyle said he also still keeps in touch with some of the Iowa players, and with former Iowa quarterback Tyler Wiegers, who now plays for Eastern Michigan as a graduate student.
Boyle only needed three years to graduate from Iowa, and he wanted a chance to play, which was a long shot at Iowa where he was third on the depth chart last season behind starter Nate Stanley and Wiegers.
So he explored his options as a graduate transfer and felt that Indiana State was his best choice.
Boyle has two seasons of eligibility remaining, including this season, since he graduated from Iowa in three years.
We appreciate the Indiana State Sports Information Department for arranging the interview, and thanks to Ryan Boyle for fitting us into his busy schedule