Boyd decides to switch to defensive end

The Sports Xchange

The battle for UNLV's starting quarterback position will carry over until fall camp as most expected but it will have one less contender.

That's because James Boyd (6-foot-5, 255 pounds), a highly touted transfer from USC, has decided to move to defensive end, a position he also saw some time at with the Trojans.

Boyd, who was battling junior incumbent Caleb Herring, redshirt freshman Nick Sherry and senior Sean Reilly for the starting QB job, met with head coach Bobby Hauck two days before the team's final spring scrimmage and decided to make the move after it became apparent that Herring and Sherry had emerged as the frontrunners.

"He gave me a fair shot, it didn't work out so I went to a position where I can help the team," Boyd said. "I just want to win."

Even though Boyd hadn't practiced on defense since arriving at UNLV in January from West Los Angeles Junior College, he was one of the stars of the final spring scrimmage, finishing with four tackles and pressuring the quarterback a handful of times.

UNLV's defense can definitely use a pass rusher. The Rebels finished with just 14 sacks during a 2-10 finish in 2011.

The fact that the Rebels, who are 4-21 in two seasons under Hauck, even had a regular spring game should be considered progress. Because of injury concerns with his young and rebuilding squad, Hauck had decided against holding the event his first two years. But a crowd of over 2,000 lined the field on a sunny 90-degree afternoon at Rebel Park to watch this year's event.

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