January 25, 2013

Senior success for Boyd

Josh Boyd was one of the major pick-ups for Dan Mullen in his first signing class in 2009.

As Mullen puts the finishing touches on his fifth recruiting class, Boyd begins his transition into professional football.

Boyd signed with Mississippi State as a four-star defensive tackle out of Philadelphia, Miss., and was a U.S. Army All-American. He was a four year starter for the Bulldogs including spending three years alongside NFL first round draft pick Fletcher Cox.

Both Boyd and Cox came in together in the 2009 class with Cox receiving most of the spotlight and attention. But when he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft after last season, Boyd became the focal point of MSU's defensive line all of a sudden.

"I just tried to do the best for me and my team," Boyd said. "I tried to play as hard as I can. It was a little different without Fletcher with us playing so long together but I just tried to make the best of it."

The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder also had to assume a leadership role this past season for the first time in his career.

"It was a little different and I had to step up and be more of a leader," Boyd said. "It was something that I wasn't used to doing because I always had Fletcher or Pernell (McPhee)or somebody like that there. I just tought them what I knew to the best of my ability and some of it paid off. The guys listened to me well and took coaching well so things turned out good."

During his senior campaign, Boyd notched 33 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He was a preseason All-SEC selection and was on the Outland Trophy watch list.

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