VAUGHT: Boyd making academic progress

Indianapolis defensive linemen Jeff Boyd not only has shown he has big-time ability on the football field, but he's also showing that's he serious about making sure he's academically eligible for his freshman season of college football in 2007.

Indianapolis defensive linemen Jeff Boyd not only has shown he has big-time ability on the football field, but he's also showing that's he serious about making sure he's academically eligible for his freshman season of college football in 2007.

Boyd got his first scholarship offer from UK during the winter and verbally committed to the Wildcats despite getting offers from Louisville, Indiana, Purdue and others not long after Kentucky made its offer. However, when Kentucky offered, Boyd faced a long climb to be academically eligible. Now he's slowly making that climb to where he wants to be.

"He is so focused. I don't know if he ever got an A in high school before, but in this night school semester, he has three of them," said Steve Tutsie, Boyd's coach at Warren Central. "That tells you where is focus because he's really having to work hard to do what he's doing."

Tutsie said his team, which has won three straight state titles, has 6 a.m. workouts each Monday and Wednesday. On those days, Boyd is basically at the high school from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. when his night school classes finish.

"That is a pretty motivated young man who really wants to be eligible," Tutsie said. "Again, he has nobody to blame but himself but he understands what he needs to do academically. Instead of packing it in and giving up, he's working. He really had an uphill struggle, but now he knows what he can do if he studies because our academic tutors do a fabulous job helping our players."

Believe him. What other school would have academic advisors accompany players to a combine? But that's just what Warren Central had Saturday when Tutsie brought several of his most talented players to Louisville for the Scout.com combine. "That's just the way they are. They go everywhere with us," Tutsie said.

So will Boyd be eligible? "He should not have as tough a senior year (academically). We were able to catch and get some things done early," the coach said. "He is going to take two summer school classes and two summer night schools. If things go right, we should be okay. But again, we are lucky because if he needs to take night school, he will take it and knows he has already been successful in that atmosphere."


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