One of the storylines of the Spring for Iowa was when quarterback Ryan Boyle made the move to wide receiver for the Spring Game. He had been under center for the Hawkeyes throughout all of Spring. It was not a position he was regularly practicing at during the month of April despite assuming the role in Kinnick Stadium for the final day of spring football.
Not only did Boyle make the move to receiver, but he did well. He hauled in a few receptions and even recorded a touchdown in the contest. Most of his reps were with the second unit and against the second team defense but he showed glimpses of someone that could make the transition with little difficulty.
Fast forward to now and Boyle is now listed as a wide receiver on the official Iowa football roster. Head coach Kirk Ferentz clarified the status of Boyle's position move while in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days.
"For right now he is at wide receiver," Ferentz confirmed. "I talked to him the other day and it's strictly a 'Fall Contract' and we'll revisit the whole thing in January. He'll drive the ship on that whole thing."
The move for Boyle is two-fold. Not only does he have some of the skills and athleticism required from the position, but it's a position that needs a little bit of a bolstering and Boyle is someone they feel they need to get on the field and he's unable to do that at quarterback for the 2016 season.
"He understands C.J. (Beathard) is our quarterback," Ferentz explained about Boyle. "I think everybody understands that. (Ryan) is just looking for a way for our football team to be better. I think he's really enthused about it."
The wide receiver spot enters the 2016 season much like the offensive tackle position did for 2015. There's a lot of unproven commodities and fall camp will determine what direction it will go in.
"Very similar," Ferentz discussed about the two situations. "I think we have some good guys but they haven't done it a whole lot. We've just got to get them out there and get them experienced. Hopefully it looks a little bit better by the end of August than it does when we start out."
Ferentz did express some optimism about Boyle's outlook at the wideout spot and shared his intrigue about how it may fare.
"I'm excited to see him this August," Ferentz admitted. "I want to see what he looks like after running some routes and getting some legitimate practice."