October 22, 2010

Boyd building on success

Josh Boyd earned three starts as a true freshman at defensive tackle last year.

Now the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder has taken on the role of a starter full time and is making even more of an impact along Mississippi State defensive front.

"It's a lot different because I'm the first one on the field," Boyd said. "I'm the first one in the action so (my teammates) ask me a lot of questions about what is going on out there with the snap counts and things like that. It's a lot different than last year."

Boyd has started all seven games for the Bulldogs this year registering 11 tackles, three stops for loss and a quarterback hurry.

Part of Boyd's success this season can be credited to new defensive line coach Chris Wilson. Boyd and the rest of the defensive line have been encouraged by Wilson's demanding practice expectations.

"Some days it is difficult," Boyd said. "He is a good coach and he wants things done efficiently and correct. Some days when we are off it goes kind of hard but at the same time we know he is helping us. Lately things have been going good and we listen to him. We just try to grind through it."

As a freshman Boyd made 17 stops appearing in all 12 games for MSU.

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