SEMO long snapper Camden Boyle is 'one of a kind' on, off the field
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Southeast Missouri State special teams coach Matt Martin could probably survive without long snapper Camden Boyle being on the Redhawks’ roster, but he doesn’t want to think about that scenario.
“Don’t forget about my snappers, now,” Martin said. “Those guys are important. It’s kind of like oxygen. You’re not worried about it unless you don’t have any.”
Southeast (1-2) will host NCAA Division II West Virginia State (2-0) today at Houck Stadium at 1 p.m.
With Boyle around, there are a lot of people in the Southeast program breathing easier and that was evident Saturday.
Due to an inept offensive performance by the Redhawks at Missouri, Martin’s punt team had to run out on the field a school-record 14 times against the Tigers and Boyle delivered on every snap.
“It means more for the team than it does myself,” Southeast punter Jake Reynolds said of the mark. “I can’t do my job without the guys in front of me, particularly Cam Boyle.”
Sixth-year Southeast coach Tom Matukewicz praised Reynolds following the game for his consistency, which was interesting because that is precisely what Reynolds said of Boyle.
“The reason Cam is so good is because he is much more than just a long snapper to me,” Reynolds said. “He zips it back there and puts it on my hip, pretty much every time. He also goes down and covers kicks and smokes people down the field for me.”
Boyle can’t help himself, after all, he IS a football player.
At Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School, Boyle started all four seasons at long snapper, but he also played running back, linebacker and offensive line.
That love of physicality continues to show, according to Reynolds.
“On a lot of teams,” Reynolds explained, “the long snapper just snaps it and then stands there. But Cam rips it back to me and then goes down and covers and messes people up down there on the field.
“He makes tackles and forces fumbles. He is really one of a kind type of player.”
According to Martin, Boyle is also a “one of a kind” type of student-athlete.
“He is going to be successful in life because he is an accountable guy,” Martin said. “He is a hard worker. He is tough. He just exudes everything that we want in a SEMO football player.”
The redshirt junior not only challenges himself on the field, but he does so in the classroom, as well. Boyle is majoring in engineering physics and has earned the designation of a Southeast Scholar-Athlete every year he has been in Cape Girardeau.
“Whatever Cam does,” Martin said, “I don’t know if it will be in the NFL or if he’ll build rocket ships for the United States, but whatever he does, it is going to be good. He’ll have a big-time job once he’s done.”
Boyle spent the summer completing an internship with a corporation in Columbia, Mo. and Martin said his intellect is at an elite level.
“He is smarter than I am,” Martin said, “times two.”
That NFL comment wasn’t exactly an off-the-cuff remark.
Martin believes Boyle is as good at his job as anybody anywhere.
“I believe Cam is one of the top long snappers in the nation,” Martin said. “We could not run our punt scheme if we didn’t have a guy like Cam. He continues to improve on a daily basis.
“I’m super proud of him and where he is and I’m excited that we have him for two more years.”