Tyler Boyd

WR Pitt

6-1 1/2, 197, (O) 4.58, (PD) 4.5,

34" Vert, 9'11" Broad, 6.90 3-C,

32" Arms, 11 Reps, 4.35 SS,

He Checks All The Boxes. Part II.

By TOM

Right now Boyd is the most underrated WR in this Draft. No one has had more production than he has over the past three season. He is a 1st Round talent, who nobody is talking about in the 1st Round. He plays much faster than his forty at the Combine. He has such great size and hands. Plays fast on the field, and knows how to get open in patterns.

Running a 4.58 at the Combine hurt him. "I think he can overcome some of his speed deficiencies with good routes and he has hand strength like Landry in Miami," an AFC East scout said. " I would take him in the second or third." But, he ran a 4.5-flat at his Proday. "Boyd is an excellent wide receiver who runs really good routes," Bryant said about his Proday. " He also caught punts during the pro day, and he did a really good job of that, too." That 4.5-flat may have gotten him up into the 1st Round. I would take him over Thomas.

He got arrested for a DUI in June and was put on probation, and suspended for the first game of the season. "I have grown a lot since that," Boyd said. "My decision-making skills definitely improved. As I aged, I made sure I surrounded myself with all the right people. At the time, I feel that my circle was too big and I eliminated a lot of things. I realized what I had to do to handle myself and not follow after other people." He has had no other issues in college.

He runs a great inside out pattern that gets him open 20-yards downfield. QB can throw it high on the sideline and he can leap up over the CB and pull it down and dances his feet on the sideline. He played in three different offenses in three years at Pitt. Very smart and aware WR. He had another great season in 2015, which garnered him 3,362 yards receiving and 23 total TDs (he had one rushing TD and one TD on a punt return.

2015 (Junior): Declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season...finished his collegiate career as Pitt's all-time leader in both receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361)...finished second at Pitt in career all-purpose yards (5,243), trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett (7,117 from 1973-76)...named a first-team All-ACC wide receiver by the coaches and media for the second consecutive year...third-team All-America selection by Phil Steele...finished his junior year with 91 catches for 926 yards (10.2 avg.) and six touchdowns in 12 games...also was Pitt's second-leading rusher with 349 yards on 40 carries (8.7 avg.)...Boyd's 91 catches rank second on Pitt's single-season list, one shy of the school record held by all-time great Larry Fitzgerald (who had 92 in 2003)...Boyd led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally with 7.6 receptions per game...he was second in the ACC (39th nationally) with 77.2 receiving yards per game...ranked second in the ACC and 28th nationally in all-purpose yards (128.25 avg.)...was twice named the ACC Receiver of the Week (Iowa and Syracuse games)...at Iowa, Boyd had 10 receptions for a season-high 131 yards (13.1 avg.) and the game-tying touchdown catch with 52 seconds left...on the game-tying drive, Boyd had three catches for 32 yards, including grabs that converted a 4th-and-3 (five yards) and the TD (eight yards)...in a 23-20 win at Syracuse, Boyd threw a 38-yard completion, rushed six times for 34 yards (5.7 avg.) and had a career-high 12 receptions for 93 yards...he accounted for nearly 40% of Pitt's total yards (165 of 427) against the Orange, while also adding 75 kickoff return yards...per ESPN.com, Boyd became the first player to record 20 yards passing, rushing and receiving in consecutive games since UTEP's Lorne Sam in 2007 (a week prior against Georgia Tech, Boyd threw for 29 yards, rushed for 26 and had 68 receiving)...had 103 yards on 11 catches and a 35-yard touchdown in a 45-34 win over Louisville...Boyd compiled 13 career 100-yard receiving games, second at Pitt only to Larry Fitzgerald (who had 14 from 2002-03).

Great feet and agility running patterns in the slot. He runs a lot of deep patterns from the Slot, but they mostly used him to clear out the underneath stuff for the other WRs in 2015. He does a good job blocking his CB when they throw underneath him to a teammate. He shows some suddenness when breaking inside on the deep Post. When his QB will throw it, he has that knack for catching the deep ball. He does such a great job leaping up high and reaching up over his head to snag the high pass through contact, and contact low when he knows he is probably getting flipped. He's definitely a Timex. 

He has very nice size and is an excellent blocker when they line him up on the end of the line like an H-Back. He can step inside to block the OLB and seal him. Great strength blocking on the edge. Great form and technique. Very physical in patterns. When a CB tried to slow him down with his hands, he can violently attack his arms and use it to break open. He reminds me of cross between LaFell and Mohammed Sanu. Only he was better than both going deep in 2013 and 2014. 

Nice hands catcher. He has excellent quick hands. He can snap his hands up in an instant to snag the ball over his head, without losing his stride or speed. He is excellent running with the ball in his hands on short patterns. He catches it looking back with his arms extended so smoothly, and turns back up field just as smoothly. Nice natural athlete and hands catcher. When he clamps down on the ball with both hands, he can hold on as the CB grabs his arm and tries to slap the ball out of his hands with his other hand. He could not rip it out.

He plays in the slot a lot. "I am an athlete," Boyd said. "And I believe my abilities are best suited to do it all from the return game, to the receiver game to jet sweeps, pitches or anything. I believe I am an athlete." They move him around and use him on reverses and jet sweeps a lot. "I [believed] coming out of high school that I was capable of taking a couple handoffs in the backfield," Boyd said. "Because I was experienced at that position and I felt comfortable. We talked about that prior to the season, and it was a way to create more ways for me to touch the ball other than lining up at receiver." Runs a nice short Out from the slot. Ran a lot more shorter patterns in 2015. He will line up outside, and runs a nice slant where he uses his big body to completely block out the CB. When the ball is ahead of him, he can lean forward and reach his hands past the CB behind him and snag it. Terrific Slot WR with a great catching radius with his quick hands on short throws. 

He was better going deep as a freshman when Savage was throwing him the ball. He can still run past the CB on the outside. He will line up on the seam, and has that knack for getting open 15 to 20 yards downfield. He was still retuning kickoffs in 2015. 

Combine: He is big and tough, and slower than I thought. Nice feet on the sideline. Nice hands catching it up high. Great smooth natural hands. He caught every ball in the gauntlet effortlessly. Makes a nice one cut outside. Catches the outside pass with his hands nicely. Adjust to the ball nicely in the air. He can pull in the tough deep pass that he has to adjust too with some suddenness in his shoulders. He ran a great time in the 3-Cone. Anytime a WR over 6-1 runs under 7-seconds in the 3-Cone drill you have to take notice. 

UNC: He lines up next to the QB sometimes like a 3rd down back, and runs patterns out of the backfield. His role shifted under the new HC in 2015, and he become a great utility WR, who can run patterns from all over the field. He will line up inside when they go Trips right. He can make a guy miss on the reverse, and also runs through arm tackles with some power. He is a tough kid. He took a cheapshot spear to the ribs under his armpit as his arms where up trying to regain his balance in the air, as he was falling to the ground after getting shoved off balance in the air leaping for the ball in the 2nd quarter against UNC. The next time he touched the ball was on a kick return, and he showed no hesitation with a great return right up the middle. He played the rest of the way in obvious pain. And took a snap as the wildcat QB, and took another spear in the 3rd, this time to the head. He seems destined to be a Patriot, because he keeps getting speared and cheap shotted, and the refs won't call it. He snagged a high throw through contact and got the feet down on the sideline on 3rd down the next time the ball was thrown to him. This kid is T-U-F-F tough. 

Navy: He is so dynamic with the ball in his hands. Great vision and COD. Great on WR screen. Over 5,000 all purpose yards in his career. He uses his speed so well when running with the ball. Good blocker. Knows how to get in the way, and will give a good shot to the DB. Plays in the slot a lot, and blocks out of the slot a lot as well. He can seal the DB inside on runs outside of him. Nice positional blocker. Nice one-cut fake outside, and then burst downfield. They will put him in at RB, and run tosses to him outside. He does a nice job coming back for the ball. Understands where he is on the field, and will reach out and fight for the 1st. He still has that knack for getting open 20-yards down field.

Tyler Boyd Vs Miami 2015:

He can be a bit of long strider who runs faster than it looks like. He can break in front of the Corner, get his outside shoulder, beat him outside, and look like he is barely running. His main weakness is that he doesn't look as quick and explosive in patterns as he does with the ball in his hands. He is going to have to be move explosive in patterns to be a great one in the NFL. 

He has a nice inside out move on the sideline. He is very adept at jumping up and taking the ball out of the sky as the CB can only look up. You really see his size on high lob passes outside. He does not need a lot of room to catch the ball. He has some nifty feet, and can make guys miss with his feet. He has some very nice deceptive speed. He will run out the Wildcat sometimes. He has the speed to get outside and turn the corner. TMIWTMIL.

Very strong hands that can clap on the ball as the CB is trying to pull it out, and can't even move it. He also has nice quick hands that can flash up for the ball. He runs shorts routes. But he has some nice smooth hands turning back for the ball away from his body. He uses his body so well on inside slants to keep the CB on his back. He is a big powerful guy for a WR. He looks like the prototype West Coast WR.

He has real nice size and is a real nice blocker. He can line up at the end of the line, block the OB, and turn and seal him. For a WR that is as good as it gets. He will block for WRs downfield when he sees his teammate catch the ball behind him. They also like to use him as an RB catching the ball out of the backfield. He is a kick returner. So they like to get the ball in his hands and let him run with it. They line him up in the slot a lot.

Boyd Vs Miami 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sWmI2P3GDc

2015 Preseason Bio:

Boyd played better as a freshman when he was being thrown the ball by senior QB Tom Savage. He was an All-American caliber WR as a true freshman. He was awesome. When you start doing things on the football field as a freshman that put you in the same class as Larry Fitzgerald and Sammy Watkins than the skies the limit:

2013: He was the nation's most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards (13.8 avg.) and seven touchdowns...set Pitt freshman records for receptions and yards, eclipsing marks held by Larry Fitzgerald (who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002)...Boyd's 85 catches rank second overall at Pitt (trailing only Fitzgerald's school-record 92 catches as a sophomore in 2003)...had five 100-yard receiving games, topping Fitzgerald's freshman school-record total of four...also set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for receptions as a freshman, topping the mark held by Clemson's Sammy Watkins (82 catches in 2011)...selected All-ACC by the league's media (second team) and coaches (third team)... Boyd and Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03) are the only players in Pitt history to achieve two 1,000-yard receiving seasons during their careers...finished the 2014 season with 78 catches for 1,261 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns...

He was consistently productive all season. It wasn't long before he was the guy other teams had to double. He opened things up for his teammates and still dominated. He just kept getting better as his chemistry with Savage got better and better:

2013 Regular season: He had a career-high 11 catches (for 118 yards, 10.7 avg.) and a 12-yard touchdown at Georgia Tech...had eight catches for 154 yards (19.3 avg.) and a career-high three TDs in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke...named ACC Rookie of the Week, 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week and Athlon Sports National Co-Freshman of the Week for his Duke performance...in a 49-27 win vs. New Mexico, compiled 134 receiving yards on six catches (22.3 avg.), including a dazzling 34-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone on the final play of the first half...also rushed for a 33-yard score vs. the Lobos...named ACC Receiver of the Week and 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week for his New Mexico performance...had 111 receiving yards on seven catches (15.9 avg.) in a 14-3 win over Virginia...had 10 catches for 82 yards (8.2 avg.) in a 17-16 win at Syracuse.

He was a top special team player on Pitt as a returner as well. He was such a great returner that he got his name compared to Darrelle Revis as well. He was as special a special teams player as there was on the college football field in 2013. And he received the accolades to prove it. He was all-ACC, Freshman All-American, Offensive rookie of the year. He also was the best player on the field in Pitts' Bowl game. He made USA Today's' All-Bowl team. Which is extremely impressive for a true Freshman:

2013: He was selected All-ACC by the league's media (second team) and coaches (third team)...named a Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports, CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele, Sporting News and 247Sports...ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year...capped the 2013 season with a magnificent performance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling 242 all-purpose yards to help the Panthers defeat Bowling Green, 30-27...had eight catches for a career-high 173 yards - an average of 21.6 yards per catch - and added a spectacular 54-yard punt return for a touchdown in the bowl victory...Boyd's receiving yardage against Bowling Green set a Pitt bowl record, surpassing the 36-year-old mark of 163 set by Gordon Jones in the 1977 Gator Bowl against Clemson...his punt return TD was Pitt's first since Darrelle Revis had a 73-yarder vs. West Virginia in 2006... Boyd's postseason performance earned him USA TODAY All-Bowl Team recognition...

He struggled a little in 2014 early with a younger and more inconsistent QB throwing him the ball. The sophomore QB Voytik was inconsistent at best. They struggled a little early with chemistry. So much was expected of Boyd after his amazing freshman season that it was almost impossible to live up to expectations. He really did have an excellent season, but dropped in receptions. However, he did have more yards receiving 2014, and one more TD than he had in 2013: 

2014: He had an impact sophomore season as a receiver and return man...earned second-team All-America accolades from SI.com as an all-purpose player and was a third-team All-America pick by Phil Steele as a receiver...named first team All-ACC as a receiver and second team All-ACC as a return specialist (coaches and media)...became the first player in ACC history to compile 1,000 receiving yards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons...Boyd and Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03) are the only players in Pitt history to achieve two 1,000-yard receiving seasons during their careers...finished the 2014 season with 78 catches for 1,261 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns...Boyd's 78 catches rank third on Pitt's single-season list, while his 1,261 receiving yards rank fourth...totaled six 100-yard receiving games on the year...ranked second in the ACC and 17th nationally with an average of 97.0 receiving yards per game...ranked third in the ACC and 32nd nationally with an average of 6.0 receptions per game...

Despite his second thousand yard season and 8 TD last year, he garnered more attention for his special teams play than as Pitt's Number One WR. However, he was still the focal point of the passing game for Pitt. 

2014: He led the ACC and ranked 10th nationally with a 27.6-yard kickoff return average (16 for 442 yards)...ranked second in the ACC and 21st nationally with a 10.1-yard punt return average (16 for 162 yards)...ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally in all-purpose yards (148.3 yards per game)...named the ACC Receiver of the Week for his performance in Pitt's 30-7 win over Syracuse (Nov. 22)...had seven receptions for 126 yards (18.0 avg.) against the Orange, including a spectacular 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown...was honored as the ACC Specialist of the Week after he compiled 262 all-purpose yards in a 35-23 win at Miami (Nov. 29)...Boyd totaled 190 yards on six kick returns (31.7 avg.) and added five receptions for 72 yards (14.4 avg.) with a 12-yard TD catch against the Hurricanes...had a season-high 10 receptions for 153 yards (15.3 avg.) against Iowa...his 10 catches tied for the second most in his career...with his performance against Iowa, Boyd went over 100 career receptions, tying Larry Fitzgerald for fewest games needed to reach the century milestone for catches at Pitt (17 contests)...had a season-high 160 receiving yards (second highest in his career) on five catches (32.0 avg.) with a 50-yard touchdown at North Carolina.

Boyd garnered 95% of the receptions from last seasons returning WRs. He garnered 78 receptions last season and his two returning teammates only garnered 4 between them. So he will be the focal point of the passing game. He will be expected to be a 1st Team All-American at WR. There are no excuses left. This will be the third year Voytik has been throwing to him in practice. They have to show the chemistry that Boyd and Savage showed as a freshman.

He got in some trouble this off season. He was suspended for a month from team activities this off season, and will be suspended for the first game of the season because of a DUI arrest. "In addition to their game suspensions, Tyler [Boyd] and Rori [Blair] have been, and will continue to be, subject to internal discipline and accountability," the HC at Pitt Narduzzi released in a written statement. "The situations were very disappointing and both young men have expressed their regret. Our expectation is that each of them, as well as our entire team, will learn from their mistakes and be better for it moving forward." So he has to keep his nose clean and show teams that it was a mistake and not a trend. If he gets busted again he will drop in the Draft. 

 

Tyler Boyd Vs Duke:

I like the way he blocks down field for his teammates when he gives good effort. You can see him jam the inside guy with his inside hand as he runs by to help his teammate get his block. Then he tracks down the CB. Gets his hands in his shirt, and shoves him to the ground (:45). Misses some blocks down field. Doesn't always play to the whistle when blocking down field. Played hurt last season. He does try hard to block DBs downfield, but can get juked out. When he gets his hands on them he is very effective. When he misses one DB, he will refocus on another.

He is excellent on comebacks. Great quickness turning and coming back for the ball. He keeps getting open on intermediate patterns. He can make the tough catch on the sideline and get one foot down as he stumbles to the ground. He hurt his knee or ankle against Duke. Breaks open quickly on Slants inside. With his knack for getting open 20 to 30 yard downfield, and it is impossible to cover him short. 

He lines up on the end of the line a lot. He will try to seal block a lot, but he can also get open deep. I love how he flies down field and leaps up over Corners and snags the ball out of the air (2:50). He can make plays running down the seam like a tight end. He has such interesting little guy skills and big guy skills, but he is not 6-2. Great at adjusting to the tipped ball. He can bring his kick returning skills to the offense. 

He continues to be a great weapon on kick returns. He likes to make great quick cuts to change direction, and find a lane on returns. He made a great explosive cut against Duke that lead to a 50 to 60 yard return.

Boyd Vs Duke:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4lY8V_XWqs

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Tyler Boyd Vs Miami:

He will add an immediate impact as a kick returner. He  averaged 27.6 yards per return in 2014. Nice speed up field to start. Not easy to tackle when he is moving up field on returns. He really shows great slipperiness on returns. When he finds a lane he can go a long way. He was killing Miami in the kicking game. He also returns punts part time [he averaged 10.1-yards on punt returns- 16 for 162 yards]. 

He has great burst and agility. He does not look 6-2 at all. He has the movement skills of a much smaller player. He almost looks like an RB sometimes. He has that nose for the endzone. Great ability to stop and reach down for the badly thrown ball. Plays a lot in the slot. Draws penalties from the slot as well.

He can run patterns at different speeds, and knows how to find the hole in a zone. Great one cut inside move that leaves him wide open outside. He can leap up high for the overthrown ball. He has that knack for getting open 20 to 30 yards down field. Built like a runningback.

He can be a good blocker in the slot (:30). He gives good effort blocking out in space. He can track and shadow the CB until he can gets his hands on him.

Boyd Vs. Miami:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Bvl2RmCr0

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Boyd's Bio:

 

2015: Declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season...finished his collegiate career as Pitt's all-time leader in both receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361)...finished second at Pitt in career all-purpose yards (5,243), trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett (7,117 from 1973-76)...named a first-team All-ACC wide receiver by the coaches and media for the second consecutive year...third-team All-America selection by Phil Steele...finished his junior year with 91 catches for 926 yards (10.2 avg.) and six touchdowns in 12 games...also was Pitt's second-leading rusher with 349 yards on 40 carries (8.7 avg.)...Boyd's 91 catches rank second on Pitt's single-season list, one shy of the school record held by all-time great Larry Fitzgerald (who had 92 in 2003)...Boyd led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally with 7.6 receptions per game...he was second in the ACC (39th nationally) with 77.2 receiving yards per game...ranked second in the ACC and 28th nationally in all-purpose yards (128.25 avg.)...was twice named the ACC Receiver of the Week (Iowa and Syracuse games)...at Iowa, Boyd had 10 receptions for a season-high 131 yards (13.1 avg.) and the game-tying touchdown catch with 52 seconds left...on the game-tying drive, Boyd had three catches for 32 yards, including grabs that converted a 4th-and-3 (five yards) and the TD (eight yards)...in a 23-20 win at Syracuse, Boyd threw a 38-yard completion, rushed six times for 34 yards (5.7 avg.) and had a career-high 12 receptions for 93 yards...he accounted for nearly 40% of Pitt's total yards (165 of 427) against the Orange, while also adding 75 kickoff return yards...per ESPN.com, Boyd became the first player to record 20 yards passing, rushing and receiving in consecutive games since UTEP's Lorne Sam in 2007 (a week prior against Georgia Tech, Boyd threw for 29 yards, rushed for 26 and had 68 receiving)...had 103 yards on 11 catches and a 35-yard touchdown in a 45-34 win over Louisville...Boyd compiled 13 career 100-yard receiving games, second at Pitt only to Larry Fitzgerald (who had 14 from 2002-03).

2014: Had an impact sophomore season as a receiver and return man...earned second-team All-America accolades from SI.com as an all-purpose player and was a third-team All-America pick by Phil Steele as a receiver...named first team All-ACC as a receiver and second team All-ACC as a return specialist (coaches and media)...became the first player in ACC history to compile 1,000 receiving yards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons...Boyd and Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03) are the only players in Pitt history to achieve two 1,000-yard receiving seasons during their careers...finished the 2014 season with 78 catches for 1,261 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns...Boyd's 78 catches rank third on Pitt's single-season list, while his 1,261 receiving yards rank fourth...totaled six 100-yard receiving games on the year...ranked second in the ACC and 17th nationally with an average of 97.0 receiving yards per game...ranked third in the ACC and 32nd nationally with an average of 6.0 receptions per game...led the ACC and ranked 10th nationally with a 27.6-yard kickoff return average (16 for 442 yards)...ranked second in the ACC and 21st nationally with a 10.1-yard punt return average (16 for 162 yards)...ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally in all-purpose yards (148.3 yards per game)...named the ACC Receiver of the Week for his performance in Pitt's 30-7 win over Syracuse (Nov. 22)...had seven receptions for 126 yards (18.0 avg.) against the Orange, including a spectacular 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown...was honored as the ACC Specialist of the Week after he compiled 262 all-purpose yards in a 35-23 win at Miami (Nov. 29)...Boyd totaled 190 yards on six kick returns (31.7 avg.) and added five receptions for 72 yards (14.4 avg.) with a 12-yard TD catch against the Hurricanes...had a season-high 10 receptions for 153 yards (15.3 avg.) against Iowa...his 10 catches tied for the second most in his career...with his performance against Iowa, Boyd went over 100 career receptions, tying Larry Fitzgerald for fewest games needed to reach the century milestone for catches at Pitt (17 contests)...had a season-high 160 receiving yards (second highest in his career) on five catches (32.0 avg.) with a 50-yard touchdown at North Carolina.

 

2014 Game-by-Game  
  REC YARDS TD YPC LONG ATT YARDS TD
Delaware 2 18 1 9.0 12 2 17 0
at BC 5 72 2 14.4 41 2 23 0
at FIU 4 50 1 12.5 19 1 -7 0
Iowa 10 153 0 15.3 39 2 4 0
Akron 6 72 0 12.0 19 1 10 0
at Virginia 3 63 0 21.0 34 2 8 0
Virginia Tech 6 86 1 14.3 53 0 0 0
Georgia Tech 9 137 0 15.2 23 1 3 0
Duke 7 140 0 20.0 48 0 0 0
at UNC 5 160 1 32.0 50 1 5 0
Syracuse 7 126 1 18.0 49 0 0 0
at Miami 5 72 1 14.4 28 1 0 0
vs. Houston 9 112 0 12.4 24 0 0 0
Total 78 1,261 8 16.2 53 12 63 0

2013: Was the nation's most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards (13.8 avg.) and seven touchdowns...set Pitt freshman records for receptions and yards, eclipsing marks held by Larry Fitzgerald (who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002)...Boyd's 85 catches rank second overall at Pitt (trailing only Fitzgerald's school-record 92 catches as a sophomore in 2003)...had five 100-yard receiving games, topping Fitzgerald's freshman school-record total of four...also set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for receptions as a freshman, topping the mark held by Clemson's Sammy Watkins (82 catches in 2011)...selected All-ACC by the league's media (second team) and coaches (third team)...named a Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports, CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele, Sporting News and 247Sports...ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year...capped the 2013 season with a magnificent performance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling 242 all-purpose yards to help the Panthers defeat Bowling Green, 30-27...had eight catches for a career-high 173 yards - an average of 21.6 yards per catch - and added a spectacular 54-yard punt return for a touchdown in the bowl victory...Boyd's receiving yardage against Bowling Green set a Pitt bowl record, surpassing the 36-year-old mark of 163 set by Gordon Jones in the 1977 Gator Bowl against Clemson...his punt return TD was Pitt's first since Darrelle Revis had a 73-yarder vs. West Virginia in 2006...Boyd's postseason performance earned him USA TODAY All-Bowl Team recognition...had a career-high 11 catches (for 118 yards, 10.7 avg.) and a 12-yard touchdown at Georgia Tech...had eight catches for 154 yards (19.3 avg.) and a career-high three TDs in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke...named ACC Rookie of the Week, 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week and Athlon Sports National Co-Freshman of the Week for his Duke performance...in a 49-27 win vs. New Mexico, compiled 134 receiving yards on six catches (22.3 avg.), including a dazzling 34-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone on the final play of the first half...also rushed for a 33-yard score vs. the Lobos...named ACC Receiver of the Week and 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week for his New Mexico performance...had 111 receiving yards on seven catches (15.9 avg.) in a 14-3 win over Virginia...had 10 catches for 82 yards (8.2 avg.) in a 17-16 win at Syracuse.

2013 Game-by-Game  
  REC YARDS TD YPC LONG ATT YARDS TD
Florida State 2 26 0 13.0 20 3 54 0
New Mexico 6 134 1 22.3 51 2 39 1
at Duke 8 154 3 19.3 69 0 0 0
Virginia 7 111 1 15.9 37 2 5 0
at Virginia Tech 2 20 0 10.0 10 1 3 0
Old Dominion 6 46 0 7.6 9 1 5 0
at Navy 3 35 1 11.6 21 0 0 0
at GT 11 118 1 10.7 15 0 0 0
Notre Dame 8 85 0 10.6 17 1 8 0
North Carolina 5 92 0 18.4 37 0 0 0
at Syracuse 10 82 0 8.2 16 1 -6 0
Miami 9 98 1 10.9 19 0 0 0
vs. BGSU 8 173 0 21.6 62 0 0 0
Total 85 1,174 7 13.8 62 11 108 1

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the state's most highly recruited players following a prolific career at perennial power Clairton High...finished his career ranking among the most productive performers in Western Pennsylvania history...set a WPIAL record with 117 career touchdowns...finished as the fifth-leading rusher in WPIAL annals with 5,755 yards...played diverse roles (running back, receiver, quarterback, defensive back and punt returner) for Clairton, which went 48-0 in his three years as a starter and 63-1 (.984) in his four varsity seasons under Coach Tom Nola...the Bears won four WPIAL and four PIAA Class A titles during his career...as a senior, rushed for 2,584 yards and 43 touchdowns, had 295 yards receiving on just 13 catches and led the WPIAL in scoring with 51 total TDs and 345 points...selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome, where he announced his decision to attend Pitt during NBC's live telecast...first team MaxPreps Small School All-American...two-time selection as the Class A Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers...two-timePennsylvania Football News first team All-Class A...Pennsylvania Football News 2011 Class A Offensive Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette andPittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Player of the Year...named to the Rivals 250 (No. 103) and ESPN 300 (No. 165) national prospect lists...rated the No. 6 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals and No. 8 by Scout...rated the nation's No. 12 wide receiver by Rivals and the No. 12 safety by Scout...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic (Pennsylvania vs. Maryland) and was named the game's MVP after accounting for five touchdowns (91-yard kick return, 68-yard halfback option pass, four-yard run and scoring catches of 16 and five yards)...also played basketball, helping Clairton to the WPIAL Class A title game and the PIAA playoffs as a senior, and was a baseball letterman as well.

 

Receiving  
  G GS REC YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 13 10 85 1,174 13.8 69 7 42
2014 13 12 78 1,261 16.2 53 8 48
2015 12 11 91 926 10.2 51 6 36
Career 38 33 254 3,361 13.2 69 21 126

 

Rushing  
  G GS ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 13 10 11 108 9.8 33 1 6
2014 13 12 12 63 5.2 19 0 0
2015 12 11 40 349 8.7 37 0 0
Career 38 33 63 520 8.3 37 1 6

 

Kick Returns  
  RET YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 19 425 22.4 40 0 0
2014 16 442 27.6 64 0 0
2015 11 257 23.4 31 0 0
Career 46 1,124 24.4 64 0 0

 

Punt Returns  
  RET YARDS AVG LONG TD PTS
2013 3 69 23.0 54 1 6
2014 16 162 10.1 45 0 0
2015 8 7 0.9 7 0 0
Career 27 238 8.8 54 1 6

 

 

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