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Will begin his first season on ECU's active roster as a member of the offensive depth chart, vying for a top backup job at the center position behind Taylor Hudson ... Expected to provide quality depth while competing against C.J. Struyk for playing time, but could also serve an interior role on special teams ... Turned in notable lifts in the power clean (335 pounds), bench press (380), push jerk (295) and back squat (530) in the strength & conditioning program's spring testing period.
2012: Redshirted during true freshman campaign, but contributed efforts on the scout team ... Signed with the Pirate program in February.
High School: A four-year letterwinner, three-year starter and team captain for the Falcons who capped career by receiving Class AAA All-State honors from the High School Sports Report ... As a senior, helped Nation Ford to a 6-6 overall record, including a 35-28 overtime victory over Clinton in the first round of the South Carolina High School League Upper State Class AAA state playoffs ... The six triumphs set the program's single-season record and it was the first postseason appearance in school history ... Following final campaign, participated in the 63rd South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star game ... Graded out at 91 percent for the season and was named to the Rock Hill Herald All-Area Team ... Paved the way for the Falcons to average 21.9 points per game during final year, including two contests posting more than 40 points ... Started two games for the varsity squad, one as a tight end and the other as right guard, during freshman year ... Started every remaining contest of career as a right tackle (sophomore) and left tackle (junior and senior) ... Selected as the team's offensive lineman-of-the-week four times as a sophomore and five times as a junior ... Also picked as the Rock Hill Herald region offensive lineman-of-the-week five times during final three campaigns ... Named the team's offensive line MVP following junior year and was an honorable mention all-area selection ... Played for head coaches Michael Allen and Rusty Jester ... Selected as the 31st-best prospect in South Carolina by SuperPrep Magazine ... Invited to participate in the Schuman's National Underclassmen All-World Gridiron Competition U100 Camp and The Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite 100 Showcase ... Also a member of the basketball team at Nation Ford and the AAU Fort Mill Trailblazers, which was ranked as high as third in the nation ... Was an A-B Honor Roll student who is a member of the National Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Civitans and FS Cubed (Falcons Supporting Success in Science).
Personal: Full name is James Thomas Boyd ... Born October 11, 1993 at Fort Mill, S.C. ... Father, Ed Boyd, was a four-year (1981-84) football letterman at Appalachian State ... An ECU Honor Roll performer (2013 spring semester) as a business management major.