“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Despite the news today, we at Hammer and Rails, for better or worse, continue to row our boat (Fleck doesn’t have a monopoly on boat metaphors) towards the shore of football season, as the current of life sucks us back to the middle of the footballess ocean.
Like Tantalus, we’ll reach for the fruit, even as it hovers outside the reach of our straining fingertips. Yes, gentle reader, we march on like Hamlet, despite the slings and arrows arrows of outrageous fortune.
We will not go gentle into that good night.
(Deep breath, shout out to all my literature professors)
Tyler Coyle - GR
6’2, 215 pounds
2020 Projection: Starter
Coyle is one of the more interesting grad transfer stories in America. Recruited by Bob Diaco and Anthony Poindexter to play in UConn’s defense, Coyle finds himself in West Lafayette after four years in Storrs, Connecticut. Reunited with the two coaches how recruited him out of high school, for one last college football ride.
This isn’t a sentimental journey for Coyle, he’s a baller. Over the course of his three year on the field career for Uconn, he recorded 260 tackles, picked off 3 passes, and stopped another 18 from being completed. He led UConn in tackles in 2 of his 3 seasons and was a team captain for the Huskies in 2019.
He projects as a hybrid safety/linebacker in Diaco’s defense and brings much needed experience to the back end of the Boilermaker defense. He’s a guy you’ll see lined up all over the field, matching up with a tight end on one play, covering deep middle on the next, and meeting a running back in the hole on the next snap.
He is a key component in Purdue’s new defensive scheme.
You can find young Mr. Coyle in this clip running back an interception 53 yards for a touchdown against some trash team from Illinois.