UW This Season: This is an All-Conference, All-America level football player. The Sporting News ranks him 17th in the nation at defensive tackle. The question is how effectively can he come back from knee surgery which cost him a good portion of his junior season. Has played both noseguard and tackle, and will do both again for the Cowboys. As strong and talented a defensive lineman as the Cowboys have ever had. Spent his freshman and sophomore campaigns as a noseguard. Can play either position very effectively. The tackle spot gives him a little more room to ply his immense skills. Certainly is one of the team leaders. Extremely strong, and very quick for his size. He is a load. Needs to become a little more consistent to reach his full potential, and garner honors that should be coming his way. Can be a dominating football player, and is a huge key to Wyoming's defensive success. Sat out spring training to make sure that knee was fully mended. An outstanding all-around athlete with tremendous strength. Wyoming's strongest player in the weight room. He should be the anchor of the defense. Seems to be fully recovered from the surgery.
1999: Played in four full games for the Cowboys before injuring his knee in the UNLV game. Finished the season with 16 total tackles including seven unassisted. Also had a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.
1998: Earned second-team All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Was ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 57. Had a tremendous game against Colorado State.
1997: Named Second Team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Played behind senior Mike Graham, but saw a great deal of action in all 13 games, ranking ninth on the team in tackles with 39. A key component of the nationally ranked defense.
High School: Named AP First Team All-State for all classifications his senior year. Also, named First Team All-State Class 3A and was named to the Salina Journal Top 11 All-Area squad. An All-Conference middle linebacker and offensive tackle both his junior and senior seasons, Boyle was the 1996 Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year, and played in the Kansas Shrine Bowl in the summer of 1997. Led his team with 59 solo tackles and 52 assists for 111 total tackles his senior season. He was coached in high school by Bruce Graber. Also an outstanding wrestler, Jeff finished second in the nation at the 1996 Junior National Greco-Roman Championships, and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the West Regional of the Junior Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev. Winner of three consecutive individual state championships in the heavyweight class. Recruited by Air Force, Army, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for football and Missouri and Nebraska for wrestling.
Personal: Born May 17, 1978, in Norton, Kan. One of two children of David and Linda Boyle. Majoring in exercise and sport science.
JEFF BOYLE CAREER STATISTICS
SACKS/ TFL/ INT/ YEAR G UT AT TT YDS YDS FF FR PBU YDS 1997 13 17 22 39 5/31 4/14 0 0 0 0/0 1998 11 34 23 57 2/9 5/9 0 1 0 0/0 1999 4 7 9 16 0/0 1/1 0 1 0 0/0 Totals 28 58 54 112 7/40 10/24 0 2 0 0/0