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Brandon Boykin

| | College: Georgia
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Boykin may have a small frame, but he came up big to win the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player in 2011. He is a formidable athlete as both a cornerback and a kick returner. Scouts will be limited to seeing him on game tapes because he fractured his fibula during Senior Bowl workouts."The timing was terrible, but at the same time the combine and pro day isn't the be-all end-all," Boykin said, naming the two workout events he missed due to the injury. "I feel like I had a really good career. . . . my speed and athleticism shouldn't be a question." Some scouts believe Boykin could run 40 yards under 4.4 seconds. He had three touchdowns on kickoff returns as a sophomore, two for 100 yards each and then added another in 2010 to become the only player in SEC history with three plays of at least 100 yards. He is hardly bashful as a corner, where he surprises bigger opponents by getting right in their face as much as he can rather than playing off and using his speed to catch up. In 1999, this bothered Oklahoma State star Dez Bryant (now with Dallas), who was held to three catches and 77 yards. Boykin's career totals include 159 tackles (20 for a loss), nine interceptions and he averaged 24.2 yards on 110 kickoff returns.


Positives: Has a low, quick backpedal and natural springy step to recover and surge toward the ball. Smooth hips to turn and run with elite straight-line speed. Wasn't often challenged despite height. Very good instincts to excel as a zone cornerback. Competes for the ball and has good anticipation skills and hand-eye coordination. Physical run supporter in the Antoine Winfield mold with short-area explosiveness to leave his mark on ballcarriers. Exhilarating with the ball in his hands, high-ceiling return game prospect.

Negatives: Has to fight for every inch on the field and though willing, will be less-equipped to win on a down-to-down basis in the NFL. Might be viewed as a niche player by teams that don't trust his film and only rely on measuring tape. Eager to take on bigger receivers but aggressiveness can work against him.

Career Notes

UGA leader in career kickoff returns yards with 2,663 (110 ret.), which ranks second in SEC history … Only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays (of any kind).

2011 Season

Selected to play in the Senior Bowl … Paul Hornung Award Winner and semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award … Fourth Team All-American by Phil Steele … All-SEC Second Team by Phil Steele and SEC Coaches … Elected as one of the team's defensive captains … One of two recipients of the team's Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program and one of two defensive players to receive a Coaches Leadership Award … Started all 14 games recording 55 tackles including 11.0 TFL, three INTs, nine PBUs and two forced fumbles while returning 38 kickoffs for 850 yards and 14 punts for 180 yards and a TD; Also rushed seven times for 103 yards and a TD and caught five passes for 71 yards and a two TDs … In the SEC ranked, fourth in punt return average (12.9) and 15th in tackles for loss (0.79 per game)..Named to the Paul Hornung Weekly Honor Roll eight times … Named Outback Bowl MVP after he set Bulldog bowl record and Outback Bowl record with a 92-yard kickoff return vs. No. 12 Michigan St. while also making seven tackles including one for a safety and caught a 13-yard TD pass.

Recorded a season-high six tackles three times: vs. New Mexico St., vs. Miss. St. and vs. No. 5 Boise St … Notched interceptions vs. UK, at Vanderbilt and vs. No. 12 S. Carolina … Scored first receiving TD of his career on a 42-yard catch vs. New Mexico St … Returned a school-record seven kickoffs for 184 yards vs. No. 12 S. Carolina … Selected to watch lists for Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award, Paul Hornung Award, CFPA Defensive Back Trophy and CFPA Kickoff Returner Trophy … Tabbed the nation's third-best all-purpose player by Lindy's … As a kick returner, named preseason All-SEC First Team by Lindy's, SEC Coaches and SEC Media … Defensively, named All-SEC Second Team by Lindy's, SEC Coaches and SEC Media and Third Team by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele … Tabbed Birmingham News' "next" best kick returner in the SEC … UGA Academic Roundtable honoree at UGA Student-Athlete Awards Banquet in April … Earned one of team's True Grit Award for defense at conclusion of spring practice … Recipient of the Vincent J. and Barbara Dooley Scholarship.

2010 Season

Named All-SEC Fourth Team by Phil Steele. Appeared in 13 games making 12 starts recording 44 tackles including 6.5 for loss, three interceptions and three pass breakups; Also returned 34 kickoffs for 825 yards, ranked sixth in the SEC in kick return avg. at 24.3. Named Georgia's Defensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after recording three tackles and an interception. Recorded a season-high seven tackles at No. 24 S. Carolina. Provided five-tackle performances vs. No. 12 Arkansas, UK and UF while notching four-tackle games vs. Tenn., No. 2 Auburn and Ga. Tech. Snagged interceptions against UL and ISU. Named CFPA National KR of the Week after game at Kentucky where he returned two kickoffs for 123 yards including his third-career 100-yard return for a TD. Named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and the Paul Hornung Award. As a kick returner, named All-SEC first team by Phil Steele and second team by SEC Coaches and Athlon Sports; As a cornerback, named All-SEC second team by SEC Media and Athlon Sports and third team by Phil Steele. Preseason national rankings of #4 at kick returner by Phil Steele and #15 at cornerback by Phil Steele. Recipient of the Leavy Family and the Brunswick News Publishing Co. Football Scholarship. Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction for spring semester. Named one of team's Most Improved Players for defense following spring drills.

2009 Season

Named All-SEC Fourth Team as a kickoff return specialist by Phil Steele … Earned team's Most Improved Player award for special teams … Appeared in 13 games making 12 starts with 54 tackles, six pass break-ups and three interceptions … Set school records with 38 kickoff returns, 988 kickoff return yards and three kickoff returns for touchdowns … In Independence Bowl against Texas A&M, set a school record and tied an SEC record with his third kickoff return for a touchdown on the season (81 yards); Also posted six tackles and a pass-break up … Became the first player in SEC history to return two kickoffs 100 yards in a season doing so against S. Carolina and at Tennessee … Recorded a career-high eight tackles and an INT vs. No. 25 Auburn … Tied for the team lead with seven tackle vs. No. 1 Florida … Earned CollegeFootballPerformance.com Kickoff Returner Performance of the Week after he returned four kicks for 128 yards including a 100-yard return for a touchdown at Tennessee.

Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (9/14) and earned CollegeFootballPerformance.com Kickoff Returner Performance of the Week after returning four kickoffs for 187 yards including 100-yard return for a TD in the second quarter, the longest in UGA history, vs. S. Carolina; also registered four tackles and an INT in the game … Five tackle performances at Vanderbilt, vs. Ariz. St. and at Arkansas … Recorded four tackles and an interceptions vs. No. 4 LSU … Had three tackles including a sack in spring G-Day game … Named Most Improved Defensive Back at conclusion of spring drills … Recipient of Tommy Reeder Football Scholarship.

2008 Season

Named of the team's Newcomer of the Year Award winners for defense … Appeared in 13 games recording six tackles … Career-high two tackles in debut vs. Ga. Southern.

High School

Fayette County, coached by Tommy Webb … SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams … PrepStar All-Southeast Region … 2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and Class AAAA All-State … Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State … .2007 Georgia Football Magazine All-State second team … 2008 Rivals.com Rivals 250, cornerbacks (15), Georgia Top 50 (18) … .UGASports Georgia Top 50 (8) … Scout.com four-star prospect, Top 150, #161 player in America, #14 CB in America, #91 player in the South, #14 player in Georgia … as a senior in 2007, recorded 23 tackles, recorded five interceptions and nine pass breakups … he also appeared on offense at quarterback, completing 33 of 43 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 94 times for 600 yards and six touchdowns.


July 13, 1990; Major: Pre-Journalism.


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