Former Iowa quarterback Ryan Boyle will transfer to Indiana State

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Ryan Boyle at Iowa football media day.

By Pat Harty

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Former Iowa quarterback Ryan Boyle will play his final two seasons of college football for Indiana State as a graduate transfer.

A soruce confirmed that to AllHawkeyes on Saturday and Boyle recently updated his Twitter profile with the words Iowa graduate and Indiana State quarterback.

He also told John Sears from WHO-TV in Des Moines that he likes Indiana State's run-pass offense.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Boyle is expected to graduate from Iowa on May 11th and will move to Indiana this summer to start preparing for next season. 

Indiana State finished 0-11 last season in Curt Mallory's first season as head coach. The 48-year old Mallory played football for Michigan under Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller and is the son of former Indiana coach Bill Mallory.

Iowa announced shortly after the 2017 season that Boyle and fellow quarterback Tyler Wiegers were leaving the program. The release said Weigers would transfer to Eastern Michigan and play next season as a graduate student, but it said nothing specific about Boyle's future plans besides his desire to play elsewhere as graduate student.

Boyle and Wiegers both chose to transfer after losing the quarterback competition to Nate Stanley last season. Stanley was named the starter over Wiegers shortly before the start of the 2017 season. Stanley then solidified himself as the stater by throwing 26 touchdown passes and just six interceptions during Iowa's 8-5 season.

Stanley still has two seasons of eligibility remaining, so it's likely that Boyle would have played little for Iowa.

Boyle only appeared briefly in one game as a Hawkeye in the 2016 season against Iowa State. But it wasn't at quarterback.

Boyle switched from quarterback to receiver in the the spring of 2016 in hopes of getting on the field sooner. But he remained buried on the depth chart and moved back to quarterback for the 2017 season.

Boyle led Dowling to back-to-back Class 4A state titles as a junior and senior and was named the Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year in those two seasons. He was also named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior and finished his high school career with 7,609 yards total offense.

Boyle also rushed for 3,043 yards and scored 45 rushing touchdowns in high school.