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Senior Brandon Boykin may have a different perspective on the give-and-take between the media and players.

ATHENS – You can either like talking to members of the media, or you can despise the bloodhounds awaiting daily interviews in Butts-Mehre.

No matter how you feel, if you're a productive player at Georgia, you're going to be summoned.

And if you're also a good quote, like senior cornerback Brandon Boykin, you're going to be called on every single week.

Some players like it. Some hate it. Some are indifferent. But Boykin may have a different perspective on the give-and-take between the media and players.

"Oh yeah, I'm in Grady," Boykin said. "I love this stuff."

Clearly on a one-name basis for Georgia students, the Grady School of Journalism is one of the most prestigious schools of its type in the country.

And Boykin is proud to say he's majoring in broadcast journalism.

"It is important to me," he said. "People often just rely off of their rep or their playing days. When they go into it they don't really know all that it entails and what goes into it. I feel like if I can actually get into the major and know what's going on I'll be a lot better off by not having to learn the ropes when I get there and maybe even broaden my career by being ahead of other people."

Punter Drew Butler is majoring in telecommunications, but other than that, Boykin is the only player on the team involved in journalism. That's something that puzzles the native of Fayetteville.

"I don't know why other people don't want to take interest," Boykin, 5-10, 183 pounds, said. "It's something that you're always going to be around. If I'm not going to be associated with playing, why not be on television?"

Boykin could have bypassed the unique opportunity this offseason. He thought about turning pro, but said he didn't want to leave school on a down note after the 6-7 season in 2010.

So now he's on track to earn his degree next May. But until the day comes he's actually working in the media, Boykin is a player first. While he may be interested in how the business works or why writers write what they do or analysts say what they say, he's tuning any noise about the team out.

"We're not listening to what the media is saying about what we can win or what we can't do," he said. "It ultimately depends on us and how we play, and I think last year was a reflection of that. A lot of people thought we were going to be good. It came down to us making plays and I feel like we know what we have to do now."

Currently, the program's mediocre last 24 months and coach Mark Richt's job status have been the talking points of the moment. Boykin downplays any talk of negativity.

"That's something that we don't worry about at all," he said. "It's out of our control. We just have to go out and play to the best of our abilities and do what we can do to contribute. Really, it's openly up to us. If we don't go out there and perform it's up to us. I think if we go out and take care of our responsibilities it will take care of itself."

In the spring semester, Boykin will take classes where he'll be put in front of the camera—something he's already acquainted with. He's going to be broadcasting just like any other Grady student. After spending the last three years answering questions for reporters, asking them should be a breeze.


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