Played in 51 career games, tied for third among active players in the FBS... Including 41 starts, has amassed 125 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and field goal block ... Made an immediate impact on the field as a true freshman and has continued it into his senior campaign ... Led all MSU defensive linemen in tackles in the 2011 season by recording 51 in 13 games ... Came to Mississippi State following a standout prep career at nearby Philadelphia High School.
Recorded 33 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks after being named to the preseason 2012 All-SEC Second-Team by Athlon and the third team by the SEC Coaches and Phil Steele ... Member of the 2012 Outland Trophy Watch List ... With a season-high tying four tackles, helped hold Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb, who is third among active FBS players with 6.7 career yards per carry, to 0.5 yards per carry in the SEC-opening win vs. the Tigers ... Totaled a season-best 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack as well as a season-high tying two solo tackles in the SEC road win at Kentucky ... Made three tackles in the homecoming win over MTSU ... Tallied a season-high five tackles vs. Texas A&M, including 0.5 tackles for loss and MSU's only blocked kick of the season ...Tied his season best with five stops in the Egg Bowl at Ole Miss.
Played in all 13 games, earning 12 starts . . . Topped all defensive linemen with 51 tackles to go along with 8.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries . . . Recorded his first sack of the season in the 2011 debut at Memphis . . . Tallied seven tackles at home vs. No. 3 LSU . . . Recorded five tackles in the overtime win against Louisiana Tech . . . Picked up his second sack of the season along with four tackles at Georgia . . . Reigstered 0.5 tackles for loss and two tackles at UAB . . . Picked up half a sack and seven tackles vs. No. 13 South Carolina . . . Tallied six tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack in the SEC road win at Kentucky . . . Recorded three tackles in the homecoming win against UT Martin . . . In his best game of the season vs. No. 3 Alabama, totaled a career-high 11 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss . . . Had two tackles at Arkansas and vs. Ole Miss . . . Registered a tackle and a sack in a 23-17 victory against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl.
Started all 13 games at defensive tackle . . . Posted 7.5 tackles for loss, good for third among Bulldog defenders . . . Posted four total tackles with 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage against Alcorn State . . . Credited with five total tackles, 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks against Kentucky . . . Recorded at least one tackle in 11 different games on the season.
Played in all 12 games as a true freshman . . . Also earned starts at defensive tackle against Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas . . . Posted five tackles against Georgia Tech in Week 5 . . . Had a pair of total tackles in five different games during his first year . . . Closed out his first year on campus with at least one stop in the final five games.
Selected to play for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game in San Antonio, Texas . . . After a week of practice in which he caught scouts' attention, he had four tackles in the all-star game . . . Rated the No. 12 defensive tackle prospect in the country by national recruiting website Scout.com . . . Credited by Scout to have run a 4.85-second 40-yard dash, registered a 385-pound bench press and have totaled a 560-pound squat . . . Listed No. 15 on national recruiting website Rivals.com ranking of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects . . . Listed No. 23 on Super Prep Magazine's ranking of the top defensive linemen in the country in its post-season All-America issue . . . Ranked No. 5 on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's list of the 10 most wanted high school prospects in the state of Mississippi, the top-ranked interior defensive lineman on the list . . . Rated No. 6 on Rivals.com ranking of the state of Mississippi's top prospects, the highest listed defensive tackle . . . Named first-team all-state on the defensive line by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper for all classifications . . . Called the state's most highly sought after interior defensive lineman by that publication . . . Chosen to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game following his senior season . . . Helped Head Coach Teddy Dyess Philadelphia (Miss.) High School team to a 9-3 record during his senior campaign and into the second round of the state playoffs . . . Posted 112 tackles during his senior season, with 7.0 sacks and 6.0 other tackles for loss . . . Also credited with three fumble recoveries and a blocked kick . . . Selected to the G&W Recruiting Report's preseason Top 250 prospects nationally, one of the top 50 defensive ends on the list . . . Selected to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen, symbolic of being one of the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi . . . Named first-team all-state in the Class 3A division by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, second-team all-state in all classifications, following his junior season . . . Made 154 tackles, including 27.0 for loss, and 8.0 sacks during his junior season . . . Also blocked two punts and two extra-points in that junior year . . . Other top scholarship offers: LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida State, Michigan and Miami . . . Committed to MSU in July 2008.
Born Joshua Caleb Boyd on Aug. 3, 1989 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Boyd.