A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile a player who started out as a key special teams performer but had a breakout year of sorts last season.
Kerry Boykins, Senior (RS), Wide Receiver, #13
Major: American Studies
Collegiate Stats: 53 receptions for 633 yards and one touchdown, 16 tackles (seven assisted), one fumble forced
High School Stats (Senior Year): 43 catches for 705 yards and nine touchdowns
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars by Rivals (#194 overall, #8 in Va., #26 WR), ESPN (#139 overall, #20 WR), three stars by Scout (#73 WR)
High School: Oscar Frommel Smith
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
High School Highlights:
None that we could find.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Kerry Boykins was a very highly touted receiver coming out of Smith, and he also ran track and played strong safety at the school. Recruited by Clemson, Michigan State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and others, he chose Maryland because they were the first school to take notice of him. O-Line coach Tom Brattan was at the head of his recruitment. Boykins was two-time All-Tidewater and was named first-team all-state his senior year, as well as second-team all-state his junior year.
Boykins has had a productive Maryland career, and will look to take advantage of his first year as a full-time starter, but hasn't exactly lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him from the beginning. He redshirted his first year on campus, and then played in ten games his freshman year, including two starts. As a sophomore, he played in all thirteen games, catching ten passes for 124 yards and a score.
Last year, Boykins got the biggest opportunity of his career, playing in all twelve games and starting in five of them, and he did well with his chance. He was third on the team in catches (37) and yards (430), although he did not catch a single touchdown pass (he did have one as a sophomore against Boston College).
Kerry "KiloByte" Boykins
The touchdown catch against Boston College.
Getting saddled with the four-star label. If he was a three star player, we'd talk about him as a success story (like we should).
Boykins sets all career highs, with at least 50 receptions, 600 yards receiving, and five touchdowns.
Boykins starts about half of the games, one of the younger players takes over.
Kerry Boykins stands alone atop the depth chart at WR-A, above true freshman Levern Jacobs, walk-on James Bowman, and Stefon Diggs. Boykins isn't a lock to be a starter - Diggs is always a threat and there could be some moving around, especially within the trio of Nigel King, Marcus Leak and Tyrek Cheeseboro at WR-Y - but he's almost as close as it gets.
While he was a highly touted recruit, he's taken an odd path to success - instead of the flashy numbers you would expect out of most high-profile wide receivers, Boykins has made his name doing essentially gritty work - special teams and blocking. He was able to put together some good numbers as a pass catcher last season, and will look to build on that this year as one of C.J. Brown's top options in the offense. Here's hoping he can cap off a good Maryland career with a great senior year.
Our next one is easy, so we're going to do a two-parter again. Remember, to get the point, you have to guess the next player and answer the trivia question.
1) Our next player was the commandant of his high school.
2) Since 1995, who are the only three Terps to have at least 17 receptions in a two-game span?
Dirty_Terps gets two in a row.