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#97 Josh Boyd
Position: DL
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 300
Year: Senior
Hometown: Philadelphia, MS
High School: Philadelphia HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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CAREER: One of the top returning defensive tackles in the Southeastern Conference for 2012 . . . 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 . . . 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 . . . Has played in all 38 games during his career, earning 28 starts . . . Will be an all-conference candidate during his senior season . . . Came to Mississippi State following a standout prep career at nearby Philadelphia High School.

2011: 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.

2010: 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.

2009:
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.

HIGH SCHOOL: 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.

PERSONAL:
Born Joshua Caleb Boyd on Aug. 3, 1989 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Boyd.

BOYD’S CAREER HIGHS
Total Tackles – 11, vs. Alabama (11-12-11)
Assisted Tackles – 11, vs. Alabama (11-12-11)
Solo Tackles – 3, (3x) last vs. South Carolina (10-15-11)
Tackles For Loss – 2.5, vs. Kentucky (10-30-10)
Sacks – 1.5, vs. Kentucky (10-30-10)
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