After four years of contributing little on the field for Kentucky, former Henry Clay standout Aaron Boyd will start for UK Saturday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The last time receiver Aaron Boyd started a game for Kentucky was October 18, 2008, as a freshman against Arkansas. The fifth-year senior will make his second career start this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 against Kent State.
Head coach Joker Phillips said on Tuesday that Boyd had earned the right to start the game by doing all the little things. Phillips said that he was proud of Boyd for how he's matured.
Boyd said that he had an individual battle with himself that people wouldn't understand and it took him some time to figure out what's important to him.
Boyd said that he is grateful for the opportunity, which he earned after three catches for 36 yards in UK's season-opening 32-14 loss to Louisville Sunday.
The three catches matched a career-high for Boyd, who last had three catches in a game against Western Kentucky his freshman year.
Boyd had had just one catch since that freshman season until Sunday.
Coming out of Lexington's Henry Clay High School, Boyd passed on an offer to play for Oregon to play for his hometown Wildcats.
He ended up playing in 12 games his freshman season and finished with five catches for 46 yards on the year.
After battling illness, Boyd redshirted in 2009. In 2010, he only played in three games and had zero catches. Last season, he played in just three games again and had one catch.