Name: Jose Boyer
Athletic accomplishments: Entering this week, Boyer, in his second year as Yorktown’s starting quarterback, had passed for 584 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for another 446 yards and five scores. He also had an interception, three passes defended and a fumble recovery while playing cornerback for the 4-0 Huskers. Boyer was all-section in both football and lacrosse as a junior and has been named a captain in both sports as a senior. Last spring, he was a an all-America long stick midfielder on Yorktown’s lacrosse team, which finished last season as the state runner-up in Class B. Boyer has committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame.
Academic accomplishments: Boyer carries a 94.1 weighted GPA while playing three sports, including running winter track, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been on the Principal’s List for eight straight quarters at Yorktown High School and proven his leadership off the field as well as on it. He has been a member of the Student Senate and a mentor in the school’s Big Buddy program, which helps freshman adapt to high school. Boyer has also volunteered for the Yorktown Athletic Club as a coach and for Recycle Paws, an animal rescue service in Mohegan Lake.
Getting to know Jose Boyer
The Journal News: Lacrosse is obviously the main sport in Yorktown. When you started playing sports, was that always your No. 1 sport?
Jose Boyer: I love lacrosse, but I started getting into football at a very young age. Football will always be my first love.
TJN: Have you always played quarterback?
JB: I played running back up until the seventh grade. Ever since I’ve been a quarterback.
TJN: Not many seniors in high school are still three-sport athletes. Why have you kept playing three sports?
JB: I love playing three sports. My life would be incomplete without all three. The three sports have helped me so much in becoming an overall better athlete.
TJN: You’ve done well in school and have been active in the community. How do you balance your academics and other responsibilities while playing sports year-round?
JB: I give the same effort in the classroom as I do on the field. It requires a lot of discipline and sacrifice so that I’m able to make the most of my time.
TJN: You’ve spent a lot of time coaching and counseling younger kids. Do you enjoy that and is it something you want to do in the future?
JB: I really enjoy helping out the younger kids because I remember how much I looked up to the high school players when I was in elementary school. The idea that I could have an impact on a youth athlete’s life is something I wouldn’t pass up.
TJN: What do you plan on studying at Notre Dame?
JB: I’m not exactly sure what I want to study, but I’ve been leaning toward entering the business field.
TJN: What made you decide to commit to Notre Dame? What other schools did you consider?
JB: I didn’t find any negatives in Notre Dame. When I got to Notre Dame, something just felt right. I also considered Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Denver, Penn State and Maryland.
TJN: Will you miss playing football in college? How closely do you think you’ll follow the sport as a fan while you’re in South Bend?
JB: Football was my first love so I’ll definitely miss playing it. Obviously, Notre Dame has a tremendous football team so I’ll definitely become a huge Notre Dame football fan when I’m out there.
TJN: You only have a few more weeks left in your football career. What do you hope to accomplish the rest of the season?
JB: My goal is to leave Yorktown football better than the way I found it. Our group of seniors has done so much since entering Yorktown High School and we want to leave our mark.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.