Indiana State redshirt senior quarterback, Ryan Boyle, will sit out for remainder of this season as it has been confirmed by gosycamores.comthat he sustained an ACL tear in his knee. Boyle suffered the injury on the first drive against Eastern Illinois. The Tribune Star stated, “Boyle was tackled from behind by Eastern Illinois linebacker, Jason Johnson.” It seem like Boyle suffered something minor as he headed towards the ISU locker with a simple limp.
Boyle gave fans a sigh of relief during the game because when he from the locker room he walked along the sideline without assistance and even removed the pack of ice that was placed on his knee. But it was the exact opposite, what seemed like a minor ankle sprain or a simple shoulder tweak turned into the absolute worst news for the Sycamores.
Boyle is coming off a stellar season with the Sycamores, as he was one of the key players that led ISU to one of the biggest program turnarounds in college football history. After the famous 0-11 season that ISU suffered in 2017, Ryan Boyle gave the Sycamores new light after leading them to a 7-4 season and finishing the season ranked #24 in the FCS.
Ironically, Boyle received his first collegiate last season against the same team he suffered the ACL injury to, in Eastern Illinois. He completed 13-of-18 passes for 209 yards and completed passes to six different receivers that night. Boyle did not throw a touchdown that game but did bring home his first win as a Sycamore. Although, the team suffered a 3-game losing streak after that game, they went on the win five straight games in a row which earned Indiana State Head Coach Curt Mallory Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year and Ryan Boyle Newcomer of the Year.
More than that it sparked a fire within the Sycamore team, as they have now created an identity to play every down as hard and fast as they can. Boyle was quarterback that could take a hit and run for extra yardage no matter how big his opponents were. He optimized the Sycamores run-hard offense and encouraged the hard hitting defense to what they are today. Indiana State is losing a key player but they are not losing the most important part - a leader. This team is made up of guys who are ready to take on whatever challenge that comes to them regardless of position they are in.
Boyle will continue to be that symbol for a team that values each other, love each other and plays for each other as the season progress. The Indiana State Football will continue on without Boyle heading into conference play with South Dakota be there next opponent.