February 23, 2007

Spring Preview: Boyd returns at tight end

The decision by the NCAA last August granting a sixth year of eligibility to senior Andy Boyd changed the complexion of the tight end position for the 2007 season.

Steve Spurrier often said Boyd, who suffered a shoulder injury during the pre-season and appeared in nine games last season, was South Carolina's best blocking tight end by a wide margin.

The never-ending intrigue surrounding the tight end position entering each new season is whether it will play a more pivotal role in the offense. As in, will the tight end ever become a larger pass-catching threat in the offense?

It's a question that's been asked for many years.

Boyd, a second-team All-SEC selection by the league coaches, appears to possess capable hands to catch more passes. He's certainly been reliable in the red zone. Three of his four career receptions have gone for touchdowns.

Of course, Boyd's most memorable moment of the 2006 season was the 48-yard reception at Florida. His only other catch last season was TD grab against Middle Tennessee.

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