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The ECU football team leads the way with nine candidates for graduation
Zeek Bigger and Bryce Williams Garner First-Team Accolades
Bigger, Boyd, Harris and Overton All Named To Lombardi Watch List
Duo Helped ECU Average 533.0 Yards Of Total Offense Per Game In 2014
Carden, Hardy, Hudson And T. Williams Garner First-Team Accolades
ECU vs. Ohio (USA Today Gallery)
Has successfully made the transition from a positional reserve to starting status and will enter junior campaign as an honors candidate, both on the conference and national level ... Selected to the 2015 Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists ... A First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Sporting News ... A multi-dimensional and durable lineman who could start at either guard or center ... Officially penciled in as ECU's top center to open the 2015 season, but aforementioned movement within line is expected by coaching staff if injuries become a factor ... Experienced action at both positions during the spring, but primarily got most of the snapping repetitions ... Has played in 21 career games (offense and special teams) with 11 starts ... Has helped Pirates record 400 or more yards of total offense in 19 of 21 contests played in (14 games of 500-plus) dating back to 2013 season opener ... Continues to benefit from work ethic and development in ECU's strength and conditioning program ... Consistently displays on the highest improvement levels of any offensive linemen during spring testing ... Power totals include a 405-pound bench press, a 585-pound back squat, a 320-pound push jerk, a broad jump of 8'0" and 4.60 in the pro shuttle.
2014: A Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection ... Opened 11 of 13 games at right guard ... Came off the bench in opener vs. N.C. Central and again at South Carolina before assuming top role for the remainder of the season ... Recorded first career start on the road against No. 17 Virginia Tech ... Considered a key member of a unit that averaged 533.0 yards of total offense (161.1/rush, 371.9/pass), which ranked fifth nationally ... Helped ECU's offense put up a school-record 789 total yards (446/pass, 343/rush) against North Carolina ... Played integral role for a squad that surpassed 500 yards of total offense in eight of 13 games (582/N.C. Central, 502/Virginia Tech, 789/North Carolina, 581/SMU, 580/Connecticut, 579/Cincinnati, 510/Tulsa, 536/Florida) - 400-plus in all 13 contests ... Helped provide running lanes for four 100-yard rushers (3/Breon Allen, 1/Chris Hairston) ... Provided pass block protection for all six of Shane Carden's 400-yard passing games (427/Virginia Tech, 438/North Carolina, 410/SMU, 445/Connecticut, 425/Cincinnati, 427/Florida) ... Pirates also ranked third nationally in passing (371.9 ypg) and 22nd in scoring (35.8 ppg).
2013: Experienced action in eight games as a reserve lineman and interior special teams contributor ... Played against Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, FIU, Tulsa, UAB, NC State, Marshall and Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl ... Helped Pirates record 400 or more yards of total offense in six of the eight contests, including one 600-yard effort (625 vs. UAB) ... Helped ECU to a 7-1 record in games played.
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 (2013 spring/fall semesters, 2015 spring semester) and Dean's List (2014 spring semester) performer as a business management major ... Joins punter Worth Gregory (FMHS) as Fort Mill products on the ECU roster.