Pittsburgh, PA — The Steelers made Tuesday an exciting day as they scooped up two more un-drafted rookie free agents to add depth on the already great defensive line. Defensive tackle Ty Boyle from North Dakota (Fighting Sioux) and defensive lineman Anthony Gray from Southern Mississippi (Golden Eagles) were added and will be put through extensive drilling and training at Saint Vincent College where the Steelers hold their annual training camp.
Boyle was a two-year starter an UND. While there, he earned second team All-Great West Conference honors in 2009 and 2010. Boyle also earned All-Great West academic honors three times and was placed in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Hamshire Honor Society.
Boyle was in Pittsburgh Tuesday to sign his contract and told the press, “My agent called…and let me know the Steelers were interested in offering me a spot in their training camp. My goal since leaving UND was to get into a camp and Pittsburgh came across as the best situation for me to do that.” He went on to add, “I have continued to work hard and market myself for this opportunity over the past several months and hopefully I can show the Steelers’ coaching staff just what type of football player I can be…”
35 career college games (21 starts), 80 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 19 pressures, two sacks, 1 interception, 2 blocked kicks. Phi Betta Kappa member. In his career, Boyle ranked seventh at UND in regular, single-season sacks (7.0 in 2008) and tied with nine others at No. 9 overall, single-season sacks.
2010 : 11 games/11 starts, 38 tackles (16 solo, 22 assisted), 3.15 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, 1 interception, 2 passes broken up, no forced fumbles, no recovered fumbles, 2 hurries, 1 sack for a loss of 9 yards and one blocked kick.
2009 : 10 games/9 starts, 19 tackles (14 solo, 5 assisted), 2.5 tackles for a loss of 8 yards, no interceptions, no passes broken up, 2 forced fumbles, no recovered fumbles, no sacks and 2 blocked kicks.
- Member of the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team; Named to the Great West All-Conference second team; recipient of the 2009 Athletics Director Award of Merit and earned second letter.
2008: 10 games/1 start, 21 tackles (11 solo, 10 assisted), 7 tackles for a loss of 17 yards, no interceptions, no passes broken up, no forced fumbles, no recovered fumbles, 5 hurries, no sacks and no blocked kicks.
- Named 2008 All-Great West Conference honorable mention; Earned GWC Academic All-Conference honors; Led the team with seven tackles for a loss; Recipient of the 2008 Athletics Director Award of Merit; Named UND’s Most Improved Player; Named UND’s Defensive Player of the Week in Week four and earned first letter.
2007 : 4 games/ no starts, 2 assisted tackles, and one quarterback hurry.
- Collegiate debut in season opener against Humboldt State (8/23); Names to NCC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
2006: Redshirt season
Before attenting UND, Boyle played both offensive and defensive line. He was named to the 2005 all-state second team and was a two-time (2004, 2005) all-area first team and all-conference first team selection. Boyle was also named to the 2005 academic all-state first team, letter four years in a row and was a team captain in both 2004 and 2005. Boyle also played baseball and hockey.
At 6’0″ and 330 pounds, Gray worked out on during his pro day (3/22/11) and showed impressive speed and movement, recording a 5.15 in the 40-yard-dash and a 4.62 in the short shuttle. Gray posted a 31.5 inch verticle jump. In April, Draftheadquarters.com reported via Twitter that Gray had been invited to Pittsburgh for a workout session.
2010: 12 games/10 starts, 43 tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 5 stops, 1 pass breakup
- Second-team All-Conference USA selection; Outland Trophy watch list
2009: (New Orleans Bowl) – 4 tackles (3 assisted, 1 solo), 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards
2009: 13 games/12 starts, 40 tackles (14 solo and 26 assisted), 7.0 tackles for loss of 31 yards, 1.5 sacks for nine yards, 1 pass breakup, one quarterback hurry, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble
- All-Conference USA Honorable Mention honors; First-team All-league preseason list by Sporting News, Athlon’s, Lindy’s and one second-team acknowledgement by Phil Steele
2008: 13 games/7 starts, 20 tackles (16 solo, 13 assisted), team-best six sacks for loss of 55 yards, 7.5 tackles for loss, season-high five stops against UL Lafayette (8/30) and four stops in four other games, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovered fumble.
- Second-team All-Conference USA player by league coaches and Phil Steele
2007: Missed first seven games of the season with a foot injury, 7 tackles (five solo, two assisted), 3 tackles for a loss, 1 sack.
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