By: LONNY DEMAREE
Senior wide receiver has now reached the number one spot on the depth chart and will be the first to take the field on Saturday against Kent State in Commonweath Stadium.
Having been a resident of Lexington for several moon's I have come to know many of the Boyd family and this makes it somewhat cumbersome in writing about Aaron Boyds trek to the top. He has been the target of a vast amount of scrutiny and his desire to be sucessful, on his part, has been misguided. But he stayed the course.
PLACE: Commonwealth Stadium
EVENT: Fan day night
SCENE: Yours truly is walking the side line.
FROM THE STANDS: Hey Lonny! Right after the great fifty-yard laying out catch of Aaron Boyd from Morgan Newton; Beaming with pride was Grandmother Betty Boyd and mother Sherer Boyd.
"I was always confident in myself and that's why I got on the field Sunday," said a thankful Boyd. When asked did he ever envision this day when he is finally named a starter at the wide receiver position? "I always dreamed about it," he said. I tried not to focus on the negative and keep positivie people in my life. When I was out on the field running I said to myself I'm actually playing again. Before the game coach Joker told me he was really proud of me and that really hit me."
Joker Phillips expressed his feelings on Aaron Boyd when he said - "I'm so proud of Aaron. He sayed the course; He handled business the right way; He deserves to be the starter by doing all the little things (like blocking)." Phillips many times many of the big runs or the results of downfield blocks. "We need him to have a good year," Phillips said.
Did the family get restless and or disgruntled? "Not at all," said uncle Glenn Boyd the proprietor of the Ebony Barber Shop, the shop in that Joker phillips brother barber's out of. "I always told him to take care of what he can and not worry about things he can't control. He came from a family of hard workers and I told him when your opportunity arises br sure you are ready." To the question of getting disgruntled or disenfranchised Glenn Boyd said "There is no quiting - finished what you started."
Boyd received new life when a coaching change took place. Receiver coach Pat Washington ignored the past and made his own judgement about Boyd.