VAUGHT: Shane Boyd sees brother maturing

Shane Boyd knows his younger brother, Aaron, did not have the kind of freshman season at Kentucky last year that anyone, including his brother, expected.

Aaron Boyd was a star receiver at Henry Clay High School in Lexington and had his choice of schools before deciding to stay home and play for the Wildcats like Shane, a quarterback, did. However, a preseason bout of mononucleosis put him behind and he was never able to be a contributing factor to the offense.

Now some are questioning whether he has the speed to stay at receiver or should move to tight end. There's even speculation he could be redshirted, a move Aaron Boyd has said he would accept.

"He is doing good. He is training hard and getting ready for this season," Shane Boyd said. "He is anxious to start camp. He has been doing great in school. He has got stronger. He's ready for whatever happens this year.

"The whole team had a tough year in some ways last year. We were still able to get to a bowl, but it was a grind to get there. Just offensively we have to get better and continue to step up and make plays."

Shane Boyd was proud of the maturity his brother showed last year.

"He matured, but they (the receivers) all did. Those freshmen all still face a learning curve. They are ready physically, but they have to be able mentally to get through some things. With a year under his belt on the field and with his classes, he should be a lot better this year," Shane Boyd said.

The former quarterback couldn't be prouder of what coach Rich Brooks team has done recently.

"I am real proud of them. They have been to three straight bowls. I couldn't be happier just for the overall program. Basketball is doing well. Baseball is going great. All the sports are doing great," Boyd said. "I love for the University of Kentucky to excel and I love to represent Kentucky any way I can and I brag on Kentucky everywhere I go. To see all the sports doing great, there is no greater feeling for me. But to see football doing well is really, really satisfying."

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