UK's Boyd Misunderstood But More Mature

Reported by: Dan Rieffer

Contributor: Alex Risen
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Updated: 8/16/2012 12:25 am
Kentucky senior receiver Aaron Boyd says he thinks people have the wrong perception of him but he's matured and hopes to contribute this season.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Five years ago, a heavily recruited Aaron Boyd announced at a signing day ceremony in Henry Clay High School's gymnasium that he would play for the hometown Kentucky Wildcats instead of the more high-profile Oregon Ducks' program.

Boyd has never lived up to the expectations that were placed on him coming out of high school.

The younger brother of former UK quarterback Shane Boyd, Aaron caught five passes his freshman season in 2008. Since then, he's caught just one pass, which came last season.

Now, entering his senior year at Kentucky, Boyd says he's grown up a lot and only cares about what he can do to help UK win.

Cats' receivers coach Pat Washington says Boyd will be able to do that - he has a role on this team. And Boyd has consistently made catches in practice, according to Washington.

Washington adds that he is pleased with Boyd's progress to this point.

Boyd says he believes people have mistakenly viewed him as a "hooligan." He says that his way of expressing himself has led to that perception.

But Boyd says he's become more responsible over the years. He says he could've given up long ago but he's still at UK fighting for a chance to play.
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