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14- The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly -Wednesday, May 19,1993

Boykin departs Blue football
By BRYN MICKLE "I didn't feel comfortable with the West Virginia, in the coming weeks. NCAA rules mandate that Boykin
DALY STAFF WRITER Michigan offense," Boykin said. "I'll His choice could be influenced by sit out a year before making a return
The race to hold theIclipboard has go somewhere my talents will better fit acouple developments atbothTennes- appearance on the gridiron.
been natrowed to two. Quarterback the scheme." seeandWestVirginia.TheVolunteers "I think that Eric feels that at this
Eric Boykin has left the Wolverines, He said he wanted to play at a have brought in new coach Phillip timehe has abetter opportunity to play
leaving Jay RiemersmaandJasonCarr school where his quickness and mo- Fulmer, who may want to retool the somewhereelse other than Michigan,"
to battle for the right tobackup starter bility will play a larger role in the offense, while the Mountaineers have headcoachGary Moeller said. "Sothat
Todd Collins. offense,andhedidnotfeeltheWolver- a history of employing highly mobile is what he has decided to do."
Boykin,aredshirtfreshman from inesoffenseisheadedinthisdirection. quarterbacks-mostrecentlyHeisman Moeller said Boykin's decision
Ohio, decided to leave Michigan and Boykin said he will make the deci- candidate and Arena Football hero would take him out of the running for
transfer to another school. sion to transfer, to either Tennessee or Major Harris. the backup position but added the de-

squad
fection would not have a majoriimpact
on the team's drive for asixth consecu-
tive Big Ten championship.
"We wish him the best of luck,"
Moeller said.
Boykin's departure does not leave
the Wolverines with a shortage of sig-
nal-callers.In addition to the three vet-
eranquarterbacks,Moellerhasbrought
in freshmen recruits Brian Griese and
Scott Loeffler to compete for the job.
This development does, however,
signalMoeler's decisiontostay witha
less-than-mobile offense.
Collins and his backups favor arm
strength and a tendency to stay in the
pocket,whereasBoykinexhibitedmore
inventiveness in rolling out of the
pocket.
Boykin was a much sought-after
recruitoutofMeadowdale HighSchool
in Ohio, as high school football ana-
lysts named him one of the Blue Chip
recruits in the Midwest. His scram-
bling abilities and strong arm were
cited as his major attributes.
He struggled in making his choice
between the Wolverines and staying
home to play for the Ohio State Buck-
eyes, but he finally made the choice to
wear the maize and blue.
After being redshirted for the 1992
season, he performed well in spring
practices. In the final Blue/White con-
test, he executed a 47-yard end run to
set up a field goal.
His inexperience, however, gave
the edge to Riemersma in the contest
for No. 1 backup.
"Ihavenoregretsover my decision
to come to the University of Michi-
gan," Boykin said. "I like the schoola
lot, but the decision had to be made."
Amicon presents the
Randall B. Hodges
(Amion)
Tuesday, May 25, 1993
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
University of Michigan
North lecture Hall
Med. S. II
3rd floor
Register for Sony Dismon
prize drawing
RSVP 1800-426-4266, ext. 238.
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