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99 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Javonta Boyd

We're going to try something new here at BOTC, but it's a feature I did a few years ago at GPC and it was pretty popular then, so I expect positive feedback here, as well.

May 27 is an auspicious day, as it marks the first time this year that there are less than 100 days until the kickoff of the Eastern Kentucky game on Sept. 3.

Each day from now until then, I will count down this interminable desert ahead of us by profiling the player(s) whose number(s) match the number of days left until autumnal football bliss.

Normally, these will appear at midnight on their respective days, but I needed the Memorial Day weekend to get ahead on them in the story database, so this installment is quite a bit later than I prefer.

Follow the jump for No. 99, DT Javonta Boyd.


#99 Javonta Boyd
Redshirt Junior
6-2 | 300
St. Petersburg, Fla.


Position: Defensive Tackle

Previous College: Butler County Community College

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Javonta Leron Boyd (b. Sept. 10, 1988) redshirted last season, ostensibly to lose some unproductive weight.

Considering how bad K-State's defensive woes were last year, especially in the front seven, that's not much of an endorsement of his abilities.

In the spring game, he operated primarily as a second-string defensive tackle alongside Brandon Harold on the White team. But Bo Tillman and Vai Lutui soon will arrive, seeking to unseat him from the two-deep.

If Boyd couldn't do enough to get on the field in 2010, when we basically had a three-man rotation on the defensive interior, I'm not optimistic about his chances of being an impact player this year, especially when we've added three players to the defensive front in the past two weeks.

In my reactionary opinion, his ceiling is second-string status. I'd be surprised if he starts a single game in 2011.