File this one away in the “Nobody can be all that surprised” category. UK announced today that Aaron Boyd will be suspended for a week of practice after a violation of team rules (Jorge Gonzalez was also suspended for one game). The news was met with a resounding shrug in the Kentucky Sports Radio Compound, as anyone that has been around this program for the past year and a half had to see this coming. Boyd has been on the verge of trouble for some time and has consistently been an issue for UK since the day he walked on campus. While he enjoys the positives of the UK experience (seen above with John Wall and Eric Bledsoe), his work ethic has been an issue from Day One and he has struggled to see the field at any point.
In many ways, the Boyd saga is a real shame. Of all the guys coming in last year, you could make an argument, Boyd had the most talent. He was seen as a guy who could contribute right away and give instant impact on the WR position. But from day one, Randall Cobb excelled and Aaron Boyd fell back, struggling with routes, blocking assignments and finding himself behind 3-4 other Freshmen receivers. Last year, Boyd took all struggles personally and spent a good deal of time being upset, helping no one. As this season began, many hoped that he would take the difficulties and use them to excel this season at a position in which Kentucky desperately needs help. While it remains to be seen if he can turn it around, the early signs are not promising.
Boyd can be a huge singular talent for UK. However every piece of news that comes out about him, both officially and unofficially, is negative. Time is running out. If he is going to become the success that he most certainly can be, there are no other chances.