But Tutsie says no one has reason to question Boyd's ability now. He was extremely impressive Saturday at the Scout.com combine in Louisville when he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds. For a 6-4, 280-pound player, that's impressive and was far better than the times of two other top UK targets — linemen Brad Durham of Rockcastle County and Chase Dumphord of Paris.
"He is only going to get better, too. He will get on the training table and improve his body in college. He works hard now, but his best football is ahead of him," Tutsie said. "If you look at Jeff during the first six weeks of our season last year, you could see the light just did not click. But the last six games of the season, he was the best defensive tackle I saw.
"He went to the Ohio State combine two weeks ago and there was no question he was the best defensive tackle there. No one could block him. He did all the drills impressively. He was by far the best out there. He just has unique ability. He can play defensive end or tackle. Is he better at tackle? Yes. But he will be forced to play some defensive end for us, and he will succeed. He's very versatile in that regard because of his speed, size and strength. Coach Smith saw all that in him early and knew right away that Jeff was a player Kentucky wanted."