LEMOND: Shane Boyd prepares for NFL workouts

Former UK quarterback Shane Boyd is living life as a Tennessee Titan. "I'm doing great," Boyd said. "I'm staying in shape, getting ready to get back to Tennessee and get to work."

Former UK quarterback Shane Boyd is living life as a Tennessee Titan.

"I'm doing great," Boyd said. "I'm staying in shape, getting ready to get back to Tennessee and get to work."

Boyd signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent, and that was a perfect scenario for him. He wanted to play for Tennessee all along because that was the one NFL team he thought he had the best chance of making their roster. He was hoping he wouldn't get drafted, just so he could sign with the Titans.

He said, "I knew they needed a quarterback, and they had communicated to me that I fit the mold of the type of quarterback they were looking for - kind of a 'Steve McNair type' of player."

McNair, of course, is the Titans veteran quarterback. Their number two quarterback is Billy Volek. Boyd knows he has a great opportunity to be the team's third string quarterback.

"They (the Titans) want a young guy to be number 3," Boyd said. "I can learn from McNair and Volek. I can sit back and learn from the two veterans and make money while doing it. I just want to make the team and move up. The sky's the limit."

Boyd has already attended the Titans rookie mini-camp and leaves on May 15th for another extended camp down in Nashville. One of the guys he is competing against is former Cincinnati quarterback Gino Guidugli, who would have competed with Boyd at Kentucky if Guidugli had stuck to his original commitment to UK.

The Titans have given Boyd number 6 (although he says that might change), and they are only working him out at quarterback. He said several teams contacted him about signing with them as an "athlete", but Boyd had his heart set on the Titans because Tennessee had already cut a lot of veteran players, so they needed a lot of young, cheap players at every position.

"It's a great opportunity for a lot of young guys, like myself," Boyd said. "They (the Titans) want the rookies to contribute, so they're bringing along the rookies pretty fast."

Boyd, who says he is studying every page of the Titans huge playbook every night, also says his shoulder is healthy and continues to get better.

"I just want to continue to get better and be the best quarterback I can be."


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