Kentucky freshman receiver Aaron Boyd was
expected to make an immediate impact this season. He hasn't been
able to deliver.
Before the opening game against Louisville, the highly rated
recruit was diagnosed with mononucleosis and missed considerable
practice time. Healthy again for the second game against Norfolk
State, Boyd has still struggled to make the starting lineup,
largely because of his work ethic, coach Rich Brooks said.
"I'm going to keep my patience," Brooks said. "You have to
practice well and you have to perform well and you have to know
what you're doing and you have to do it full speed in this league
or you won't play as much."
Kentucky (4-0) lost three starting receivers after last season,
and it was hoped that Boyd could help pick up the slack with
returnee Dicky Lyons Jr.
But the freshman has lacked focus and initiative, according to
"When he starts getting that, he'll play more," Brooks said.
Boyd did catch all three passes thrown to him is the Wildcats'
win against Western Kentucky, which Brooks called encouraging.
"But he's got a lot of work to do and he has to understand the
level of intensity it takes to play in this league," Brooks said.