Coming into the Kentucky program from Henry Clay High (Ky.) with much fanfare, there were high expectations for Aaron Boyd. But after struggling throughout his career, he’s finally taking advantage of the opportunity in front of him.
Sometimes things just don’t click. There can be a change of scenery or a change of coaches. Maybe there’s a change in gameplan. But occasionally it’s just a change that you don’t recognize that makes all the difference in the world.
That may be the case with Aaron Boyd.
“I think it has to do with Aaron deciding, ‘hey, this is my last one. I’m going to do what I have to do and work my tail off,’” said Head Coach Joker Phillips. “He’s worked his tail off, and I’m just excited that he’s now starting to make plays for us.”
Coming into the game, the 6-foot-4, senior had only six career receptions for the Wildcats and 51 yards. You would find anybody hard pressed to even recognize who he was on the field without looking at the roster.
But in two games, Boyd is Kentucky’s leading receiver with 14 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. He’s become somewhat of the go-to receiver for Max Smith at this point.
“I knew Aaron could do it,” said Smith, who threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns against Kent State. “He may not be the fastest, but he’s a good route runner and he’s got good hands. So I kept going to him.”
Boyd finished the game with 11 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, by far his best game as a Wildcat.
“It’s a dream come true, really,” said Boyd. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity that I’ve gotten. I just really hope to keep on making the best out of it,” Boyd said.
Boyd scored his first career touchdown Saturday against Kent State, while the Wildcats were trailing Kent State 7-0. That first touchdown helped open things up a little more for Boyd.
“It’s always a big confidence boost, knowing that you can come out on the field and do something for your team, help your team and hopefully have a good week of practice next week. We’ll keep it going and help get us going against Western Kentucky,” Boyd finish.
Boyd should have his second start of the season next weekend at Commonwealth Stadium against the aforementioned Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.