Boyd called in to play in Senior Bowl
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 AM
Josh Boyd barely had time to catch his breath Monday before he was on the road again; this time to play in the Senior Bowl.
Boyd, the standout defensive tackle from Philadelphia High School and Mississippi State University, played in the Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday. He was a member of the West team which won the game 28-13.
He returned home to Philadelphia when he got a call Monday morning. He's going to be a member of the South team in the Senior Bowl this Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. and again, it will be on the NFL Channel.
"My agent called and said that they wanted me to play in the Senior Bowl," Boyd said. "I got everything ready and I'm driving down to Mobile. They said based on my performance in the Shrine Bowl, they wanted to take another look at me."
Last week's trip to Florida was a business trip, not a vacation, Boyd said. His waking time was spent going to practice and being interviewed by the pro scouts.
To the untrained eye, Boyd held his own during the Shrine game. He had three tackles but nobody seemed to be running through his area. You could see his Mississippi State helmet in the middle of the combat when the West was on defense.
"Everyone was trying to do their best," Boyd said. "We were all seniors and hoping to go on to the NFL. Everyone was trying to make the most of their opportunity."
It is rare that someone gets to play in both the Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl.
"They say that the Shrine Bowl is for players who may be drafted in the later rounds, and the Senior Bowl is for players who will be drafted in the top rounds," Philadelphia High School coach Teddy Dyess said. "I talked to Josh a couple of weeks back and he said he thought this might happen.
"I am very proud of him. He has high character, he has worked very hard, and he is deserving of this opportunity. When you play on a defensive line in the Southeastern Conference for four years, you can just about play anywhere. The people in the NFL have noticed that," Dyess said.
Boyd said he is ready to show that he belongs in the NFL.
"The best players in the country are at the Senior Bowl," Boyd said. "It's a great feeling that I am going to be among them."
The South team will be coached by the staff of the Detroit Lions while the North will be coached by the staff of the Oakland Raiders.