VAUGHT: Boyd hopes struggles help in future

Aaron Boyd was Kentucky's most highly-touted freshman receiver coming into this season and turned down a lot of scholarship offers to stay home and play for the Wildcats just like his brother, Shane, once did. However, Boyd never made the impact he anticipated. He had mononucleosis in the preseason, had trouble getting away from defenders and struggled at times with his blocking.

However, Boyd insists he will learn from his mistakes and become a better player.

Question: Have you ever been through a season quite like this with expectations on you when you didn't produce like you wanted and will this eventually make you a better player?

Boyd: "I think it will make me stronger. It did earlier in the year when I got sick. It was very unexpected and was a very deep blow to me. I kind of took it hard. I was real down about it. Nothing like that has ever happened to me. I have never been out of football that long. It got me closer to the Lord and taught me how to have faith and keep working even when things are not going your way. You can't get down on yourself because there is always somebody out there who has it worse than you. This whole thing has made me stronger and hopefully that will show next season."

Question: Has there ever been a time in any sports when you couldn't just go out and make plays almost at will, something you couldn't do this year?

Boyd: "It was hard. I have never been through anything like this. Until now, I have never actually had to compete for a spot or just work to set myself away from everybody else just to get a spot. It has made me stronger. It is something I have to accept. Hopefully this offseason is going to make me be better and that is what I will concentrate on after the bowl game."

Question: Has this season made you doubt your own ability?

Boyd: "It was a real deep blow when things were going bad and I did kind of doubt myself about my talent. I always knew I had talent, but when it didn't show, I kind of doubted myself. I just try and go out and think I am the best player out there on the field and have faith that I can do what I know I can do."

Question: Is it just hard for any true freshmen to be physically strong enough to be ready to compete in the Southeastern Conference?

Boyd: "It is a big jump. The physicality from high school to the SEC is huge. You are used to guys in high school being no taller than 6-1 and no more than 200 pounds and not lift a lot to going against guys like you or maybe even guys who are both stronger and faster than you are. There is a big difference. It's not easy for any freshman coming into the SEC at all. The weight room is a big issue to play in this league. If you don't get in the weight room to get faster and stronger, there will be some problems of doing what you are supposed to do."

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