SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER Adrian Boyd
Senior Adrian Boyd is a former running back who is coming off a breakthrough debut season at wide receiver and is perhaps the Lobos' most versatile offensive weapon. Boyd is a dangerous athlete in both the running and passing game where he combines solid hands with great speed and agility and should be much improved with a full year of receiving experience under his belt. He had a strong spring and will be counted on to make an impact starting opposite Dwight Counter with big play potential in both the passing and return game. Boyd spent his first three years at UNM as a running back, but coaches felt his speed and elusiveness is better suited in the open field. The 2003 Beefmaster Award runner-up for players under 200 pounds did not play enough to earn a letter prior to the 2002 season. Against Texas State had one catch for 18 yards and a 4-yard gain on his only carry of the day vs. Texas State. In 2002, emerged as a real multi-dimensional offensive threat. Boyd played in 14 games, usually in a slot receiver position, with six starts and averaged 40.1 all-purpose yards per game on the season (17 rushing ypg, 23.1 receiving ypg). He had 27 catches for 323 yards, both 3rd on the squad and led Lobo receivers with 12 yards per reception. Boyd also ran for 238 yards on 41 attempts for a 5.8 avg. (2nd on team behind RB Quincy Wright) sweeping across the backfield as the Lobos' fly motion man.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the 2003 season?
Adrian Boyd: "I want to be the best player I can be, which includes being an all-conference receiver and kick returner."
Q: What has been the toughest adjustment you had to make from running back to wide receiver?
AB: "Learning how to adjust to a pass better."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
AB: "My catching and blocking".
Q: What was it like to rush for 1,500 yards your senior season at Flint Northern High School?
AB: "It was probably the best feeling ever besides winning a state championship."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
AB: "Video games, running and basketball. The hobby I could improve on is basketball, so I can play in the NBA after football."
Q: Which team on this year's schedule do you most want to beat and why?
AB: "Colorado State, because if you want to be the champ you have to beat the champ. They've been the champs the past two years and sense I've been at UNM we've not beat them."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
AB: "Texas Tech. Their fans are so crazy."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
AB: "Human Sexuality, because everyone in the class shared. It was fun to learn things I didn't know and learn more about the things I did know about."
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
AB: "Don't forget where we came from."
Q: What made you decide to come to UNM? What impressed you?
AB: "The family feeling of the team. Everyone loves each other here."
Q: Who is the best player you have either played with or against?
AB: "Brian Urlacher"
Q: What memories do you hope to leave behind for the UNM fans after this season?
AB: "To be a player that was excited as they were."