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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at


Articles by Zac Boyer

The Redskins signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher to a four-year, $27.5 million contract in March in an effort to increase their pass rush. (Associated Press)

2014 Redskins training camp: Defensive line preview

The acquisition of Jason Hatcher from the rival Dallas Cowboys will be slightly muted as training camp begins with Hatcher still recovering following arthroscopic surgery last month on his left knee. Hatcher, entering his ninth year, was handed a somewhat onerous four-year, $27.5 million contract by the Redskins in March as they sought to increase their pass rush. Published July 22, 2014

**FILE** Orlando's head coach and former Storm quarterback Jay Gruden cheers while pointing up to the Orlando fan section during the closing minutes of an Orlando victory over the Tampa Bay Storm during the Arena Bowl XII at the Ice Palace in Tampa on Sunday, August 23, 1998. (Photo By:Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times)

In Arena League, dreams of following Jay Gruden's path

Gruden, the most decorated quarterback in Arena League history, began his coaching career there before making the transition back to the outdoor game. Gruden's hiring as the Redskins' coach isn't likely to send a flood of indoor coaches to the NFL, but several of them, understandably, hope it does. Published July 22, 2014

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III must prove he can be a top-level quarterback. (The WASHINGTON TIMES)

2014 Redskins training camp: Quarterbacks preview

In what is shaping up to be an annual tradition, all eyes will again be on Robert Griffin III as he returns to the field after his first full offseason as a professional. Published July 22, 2014

Billy Hurley III tees off on the 14th hole during the third round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

British Open: Billy Hurley III aims for productive trip

A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who was stationed aboard a destroyer from 2007 through 2009, Billy Hurley III once missed a connection in London that forced him to find a hotel and rebook a flight to Bahrain. By the time he leaves next week, Hurley is hoping this stay in England goes much better than the last. Published July 15, 2014

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, third from left, smiles as he warms up with his teammates who were were wearing t-shirts in support of him for the All Star game before an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Anthony Rendon not an All-Star, but he's been Nats' MVP

Entering Thursday, Rendon ranked fourth in the National League with 62 runs, seventh with 40 extra-base hits and eighth with 52 RBI. Among third basemen, where he has played 72 of 93 games this season, he's tied for the lead with 22 doubles, is third with 13 home runs, is second with an OPS of .831 and is second in WAR at 3.1. Published July 10, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) looks to pass in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 114-93. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards' Otto Porter, Glen Rice Jr. hoping for big splash on small stage

"We're gonna see what they can bring to the table," said Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell, who is leading the team during the Summer League. "It's not about how many points they're scoring. I just want Otto and Glen to have a good [performance] the whole week." Published July 9, 2014

Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson speaks during a media availability after an NFL football training camp practice at Redskins Park, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL — again

The infraction is at least the fourth for Jackson, whose violations of the policy have derailed his once-promising career. Originally suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season, Jackson missed an entire year after he failed a drug test following the second week of the 2010 season. Published July 9, 2014

unique spin: Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen gets lots of compliments from fans on his signature. (Zac Boyer/The Washington Times)

Identity crisis: The death of the legible autograph

No longer does an immaculate, full-bodied, legal identification stain cowhide or parchment. Now, any casual jotting of figures, if one would care to call them that, does the job — not just loops, but arches and whorls as well. That's Drew Storen's signature in the picture (obviously). Published July 7, 2014

Marc Leishman, bottom left, putts on the 18th green during the third round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Quicken Loans National changing dates in 2015

The Quicken Loans National, which has been played two weeks before the U.S. Open since 2009, will be played two weeks after the British Open next year when it shifts from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va. Published June 29, 2014

Patrick Reed watches his shot on the 16th tee during the third round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Patrick Reed left alone on top as Congressional wreaks havoc

Patrick Reed, a two-time PGA Tour winner already this season, was one of few players able to successfully navigate Congressional Country Club on Saturday, shooting an even-par 71 to retain his lead following the third round of the Quicken Loans National. Published June 28, 2014

Oliver Goss, of Australia, watches his shot from the 18th fairway during the second round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Recent pro Oliver Goss among four leading Quicken Loans National

Consecutive weekends qualifying for a tournament on a sponsor's exemption will not make Oliver Goss, who turned professional just two weeks ago, a household name. Rounds like the one he had Friday at the Quicken Loans National, however, could go a long way in defining the accomplished former amateur's career. Published June 27, 2014

Justin Rose, of England, chips to the green on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Six-stroke swing has Justin Rose ready for the weekend

After shooting a 6-under-par 65 on Friday, the lowest score achieved by a player in the morning group at the Quicken Loans National, Justin Rose couldn't help but think about what a strong finish this weekend could do for his confidence heading into the British Open next month. Published June 27, 2014

Tiger Woods removes his cap after finishing the second round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. Woods ended the day at 7 over par for the tournament and missed the cut. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Tiger Woods misses the cut in first tournament since back surgery

For only the 10th time since joining the PGA Tour in 1997, and the first time in nearly two years, Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National and will not be around to play in the final two rounds at Congressional Country Club this weekend. Published June 27, 2014

Greg Chalmers, of Australia, hits out of a bunker onto the 11th green during the first round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Seeking first PGA Tour win, Greg Chalmers leads early at Congressional

In the last threesome off the 10th tee Thursday morning, Chalmers' score surpassed that of Ricky Barnes, who held the lead for much of the morning at 4-under, and weathered a late challenge from Freddie Jacobson, who birdied four of his final seven holes to match Barnes. Published June 26, 2014

Erik Compton watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Erik Compton hopes British Open pursuit, not heart surgery, is his story

Erik Compton, a 34-year-old who has had two heart surgeries, was thrust into the public's consciousness with a second-place finish at the U.S. Open. While he acknowledged that his medical history is part of his story, he hopes the rest of it this week at the Quicken Loans National is about his attempt to qualify to play in the British Open. Published June 26, 2014