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Will the return of Max Smith mean the return of Aaron Boyd?

Rewind back to the Sunday following the Kent State game. Aaron Boyd was the talk of the town. Fast forward to the Friday before the South Carolina game, and the attention surrounding Aaron Boyd has cooled significantly.

Aaron Boyd is second in the number of total receptions for any Kentucky player on the season, trailing only La’Rod King. Boyd has 18 receptions on the season, eclipsing his production in the previous 3 seasons. The only problem is that 11 of those receptions came in one game. Since his headline stealing outburst against Kent State in the second game of the season, Boyd has only successfully caught 4 passes for a total of 32 yards. All 4 of those receptions came against Western Kentucky. Against Florida last Saturday, Boyd did not catch a single pass.

The lack of production last weekend can in part be attributed to the poor quarterback play of Morgan Newton. When looking at Boyd’s totals on the season though, 61% of his production came against one team, Kent State. Following the Kent State game, where Boyd had 11 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, many fans wondered if Boyd was poised for a breakout season. Although he has still continued to be more of a factor than in any of his previous 3 seasons, the chatter and buzz around Boyd has seemed to quiet. Was the monster performance against Kent State a sign of things to come for Boyd, or more so the result of playing a weaker opponent? With the return of Max Smith tomorrow against South Carolina, will we see an increase once again in Boyd’s production? Boyd has been one of Smith’s favorite targets on the season.

I think the answer can probably be found somewhere in between the Kent State performance and the Florida performance. Boyd will continue to be in the steady rotation of quality receivers Kentucky has this season, but against the top tier competition throughout the rest of the SEC season, I think his baseline will be similar to his level or production in the non-Kent State games where Max Smith has played. In those 2 games Boyd had 3 (Louisville) and 4 (WKU) receptions for an average of 34 yards.

The return of Max Smith should signal the return of Aaron Boyd, at least as a 3-4 reception/30-yard kind of guy, ¬†and hopefully the return of points next to Kentucky’s name on the scoreboard. But will we ever see the Aaron Boyd we caught a glimpse of a few weeks ago again?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

15 Comments for Will the return of Max Smith mean the return of Aaron Boyd?

  1. schwing
    9:13 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    does it matter?

  2. anotherwasted4star
    9:15 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think Boyd could have been great if he had been on the field the previous 3 years. Maybe he has been unmotivated, maybe he hasn’t been. The knock was that he wasn’t fast enough for seperation. If that was true he must have gotten a lot faster over the summer. Atleast he’s starting to show spurts of consistency.

  3. Catlogic15
    9:18 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Max Smith is hurt. Sum total. Couldn’t throw deep anyway. Joker will Wildcat Whitlow most of the game. USC jr figures it out early. Backs get bruised. Cats quit early. USC jr needs style points moving forward. 45-10., if we’re lucky.

  4. MrG
    9:19 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Aaron Boyd’s production is based on good qb play. Other than Smith, we dont have good qb play. Mix that with shitty play calling, shitty offensive sets and shitty coaching, you have a poorly used player. I wish he’d gone to another school. Keeping Joker around for three years is the most ass ignorant thing I’ve ever seen. He just can’t coach. Never could, never will.

  5. Pioneer
    9:28 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ally are you f’n high? We could have Tom Brady as our Qb and it wouldn’t help Aaron Boyd. Like 2 said, maybe if he played or was used in his last 3 years, he could actually impact games… But what do you expect with a joke as a coach?

  6. troy
    9:28 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Move on people. Pick another football team. They’ll never be better than 8 wins and that’s once every 15 yrs. Come on basketball something we actually spend money on

  7. jeyhey
    9:36 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    lmfao at all this football talk…..smh

  8. Catlogic15
    9:37 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #6. We that wager on occasion love joker. This is easy money.

  9. BigBluSoTru
    9:45 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Problems with Uk football are not just Jokers fault nor began with him nor will end with him.We need to just understand that Uk football is going to always be in this position.. As long as they are in the sec. Take S.Carolina they have had two high end coaches and have never won the Sec with these two coaches Holt and Spurrier and S.Carolina has a much deeper recruiting base they are a high middle pack team and can’t get over the hump. So why do we think Petrino or anyone else could do it at UK . Petrino couldn’t do it at Arkansas remember.

  10. Rixter
    9:50 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    OMG, stop – WE GET IT! Boyd caught a lot of passes in one game and not so many in the others. HOW many different ways can you say that??

    Take a journalism class…geez

  11. Vette72
    10:14 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    10) you might mention the competition in that one game. Or lack of. Matt could have caught 10 passes against that crappy team.

  12. Duke Sucks
    12:12 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    9 are you for real or maybe you’ve been under a rock. USC has been a top 10-15 team in the country the last 2 years. Arkansas was top 5 in the country last year. People like you suck. South Carolina and Arkansas are proof with the right coach you can win in the SEC. That doesn’t mean your going to beat Bama or LSU. 98% of BBN would be well satisfied to win the east every other year and be in the top 10. Kentucky is close to Penn. and Ohio prime recruiting area with Louisville if we had a coach to go in there. I know we are not getting say Urban Myer but you don’t think a coach of that caliber could recruit at uk bs. Uk has no excuses not to above average in the SEC. Just need the right man to lead the program.

  13. Duke Sucks
    12:18 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t like to see personal jabs taken at kids. However if Aaron Boyd spent as much time working as he does on twitter he could have been a good player. Every week he was tweeting where he had been and what he had done with one thing in all. No football or anything a young player should be doing to get better. I bet while Boyd was tweeting about all the party’s he was at that week Co’shiek was working his ass off trying to get a scholarship. I just hate to see talent with no hart.

  14. Math less
    9:52 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Blind squirrel = Aaron Boyd
    Nut = 100 yd receiving game

  15. Jason
    2:11 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Aaron Boyd has never been able to, nor can now, get space on an SEC DB. Wayyyyyyyyy to slow and just not good enough, unfortunately. A big game against Kent St. doesn’t change that.