40 Acres Forecast: Paul Boyette Jr.

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with DT Paul Boyette Jr.

Paul Boyette Jr.

Position:

DT

Height/Weight:

6-foot-2/303 pounds

High School:

Humble, Texas

Year:

Junior

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2014 Review

Boyette definitely played with that “next man up” mentality last season as he made the most of his increase in playing time after Desmond Jackson went down with an injury against UCLA.

In fact, in that game against the Bruins, Boyette recorded two stops, including one for a loss and recovered a fumble. He ended up leading the team in fumble recoveries (2).

All around, considering what was expected of him prior to the beginning of last season, it was a really strong showing for Boyette. Losing Tank was a big loss for Texas, but he filled the void pretty well. He finished with 29 total tackles (13 solo) after only recording two tackles as a redshirt freshman.

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2015 Preview

Boyette had a really strong spring and has followed that up with a solid first week’s worth of practices.

You can tell the coaching staff is relying on him to be a key cog in the middle of Texas’ defense, and he appears to be taking them up on that. With Hassan Ridgeway currently not practicing due to injury, Boyette has emerged, along with Tank Jackson, as a leader of the defensive line.

You’ve really got to applaud Boyette for the niche he’s carved out for himself at UT. I’m not sure a lot of people had him pegged as being this big of a contributor long-term, but he’s proven a lot of people wrong.

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HD Projection

Boyette will be one of the mainstays along the defensive front for Brick Haley’s unit.

Regardless of when Ridgeway gets back to full health, or how much Poona Ford improves, or how Tank looks in his return from injury, Boyette has done enough to earn his place among the top DTs on the roster. He should be rewarded for that with plenty of opportunities.

Expect Boyette to post better numbers than he had last season.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

Boyette had one of the more impressive offers lists of any DT in the state for that class [Alabama, Baylor, FSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M].

He ended up committing at Texas’ second Junior Day. It was a very big pick up at the time because Malcom Brown was favoring Texas A&M at the time. He always wanted to play at UT and jumped at the opportunity when it presented itself.

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High School Highlights

Coached by Walt Beasley at Humble High School ... a two-time all-district and all-area performer on the defensive line … played in the 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … … recorded 172 tackles, 43 TFL, 15 sacks and one INT while helping lead Humble to a 26-18 record in four seasons … uncle, Garland Boyette, played linebacker and ran track at Grambling State before playing with the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL; 1962-63) and becoming a Pro Bowler with the Houston Oilers (AFL; 1966-72) … uncle, Ernie Ladd, played on the defensive line at Grambling State before becoming an All-Pro defensive tackle, being drafted by the San Diego Chargers (1961-65) and also playing for the Houston Oilers (1966-67) and Kansas City Chiefs (1967-68) [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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