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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 a two-year starter and will enter senior campaign as an honors candidate, both on the conference and national level … Expected to be selected to the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists for the second consecutive season this summer … A Preseason First-Team All-American Athletic Conference choice by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele Magazine … A multi-dimensional and durable lineman who owns career starts at both the guard and center positions … Will be penciled in as ECU’s top right guard to open 2016 … Has played in 33 career games with 23 starts … Helped Pirates record 400 or more yards of total offense in 25 of 33 contests played in (17 games of 500-plus) dating back to 2013 season opener … Participated in two bowl games … Enjoyed unprecedented growth during the off-season in ECU’s strength and conditioning program, earning a “freak” rating (via coach Jeff Connors’ power quotient) and “Super Pirate” status … Set a new positional (OG) record in the squat lift with an effort of 670 pounds ... Also recognized as the “most improved” member of program during the testing phase with enhancements in the back squat (585 to 670), power clean (286 to 330), 40-yard sprint (5.20 to 5.09), vertical jump (27.5” to 28”), broad jump (7’11” to 8’3)”, pro shuttle (4.6 to 4.46) and L-drill (7.58 to 7.10) … Additionally, flex rating of 15 rates among top 10 percent of unit.
2015: Started all 12 games as a junior … Opened 11 at the right guard slot and one (Virginia Tech) at center … Selected as an All-American Athletic Conference (honorable mention) performer … Integral part of unit that averaged 414.6 yards per game, 281.3 through the air (which stood 27th nationally) … Other Top 50 FBS ranks include fourth down conversion percentage (64.7/18th), redzone efficiency (88.6 percent/23rd), third down conversion percentage (43.0/35th) and pass efficiency rating (137.38/43rd) … Helped Pirates amass 400 or more yards six times and 500 or more on three occasions (622/UCF, 555/SMU, 518/BYU) … Member of line that produced a pair of 200-yard rushing efforts (306 vs. SMU, 203 vs. Connecticut) and three individual 100-yard ground performances – 2/RB Chris Hairston, 1/QB James Summers … Also provided protection for five 300-yard passing outings (473/UCF, 385/BYU, 346/Florida, 325/Navy, 317/Cincinnati) … Selected by coaching staff as the program’s offensive lineman-of-the-year and shared the team captain award with DaShaun Amos … Was a Preseason First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Sporting News.
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/RB Breon Allen, 1/ RB 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 ... Earned a bachelor’s degree in business (BSBA) during ECU’s Fall Commencement on December 18, 2015 and is currently pursuing an MBA in business administration … Was an ECU Honor Roll and Dean’s List performer in the classroom during undergraduate academic career … Joins punter Worth Gregory (FMHS) as Fort Mill products on the ECU roster.