2011 Preview: Kerry Boykins

2011 Preview: Kerry Boykins

What to expect from the Terps wide receiver this season.

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Competing with Ronnie Tyler for the WR-X position opposite of Kevin Dorsey will be Kerry Boykins.

Last season Boykins had 10 catches for 124 yards last season, yet an impressive spring with first-year head coach Randy Edsall has this unproven commodity vying for a starting job.

Coming out of Oscar Frommell Smith High School (Va.), Boykins ranked among the nation's best wide receivers. According to Scout.com, Boykins was the no. 13 prospect in the state of Virginia after earning all-state honors in his senior season.

At Connecticut, Edsall offered Boykins a scholarship, and competed with Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech for his talents.

Redshirted in his first season and catching just six balls in 2009, Boykins finally emerged as a sophomore. He had a reception in seven games, including three against Boston College and two in the Military Bowl. Six of those seven games resulted in a Terps victory.

In the offseason, Boykins dropped seven pounds in an effort to improve his speed as an outside threat after being utilized as a slot receiver earlier in his career. That speed was on display when Boykins nabbed a 32-yard reception in the Red-White Spring Game.

Boykins has emphasized the crop of talent on the Maryland roster through the offseason and spring, noting that under Edsall the depth chart is never set in stone. Based on the hard work Boykins is putting in, the strong spring campaign he put together and the Tyler injury early on, Boykins may have the heads up on earning a starting job come Sept. 5.

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