Chad Boyd Interview
Sr / Louisiana Tech / Safety

Updated - 9-4-12

By: Alex Khvatov

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Chad Boyd:  5’10, 190 pounds and my best time was a 4.5     

 

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Chad Boyd:  Tulsa, Northern Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, McNeese State, Nicholls State and Ole Miss.


Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Louisiana Tech?
 

Chad Boyd:  Coming out of that time, we had a big 2009 class at Louisiana Tech.  I was really close to a lot of the guys.  At least nine of us came from New Orleans area.  When I went on a visit, I liked everything that they were telling me.  I liked the role that I would be playing.  I was a cornerback at the time.  They were straight forward with me.  They told me that I could play as a freshman, but it wasn’t guaranteed.  They were a truthful school.  I liked the area.  It was close to home.  It was the best decision that I could have made by coming here.                 


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career at Louisiana Tech to us up to this point.

Chad Boyd:  I have been a fulltime two-year starter.  I started only a couple of games my freshman year.  So far it has been a good career.  I think that I have about 180 total tackles with 7 interceptions.  The first two years have been up and down.  We had great talent the first couple of years, but we have been plagued by injuries.  I made All-Conference last year.  I couldn’t have done those things without my teammates.                

 

Alex Khvatov:  Were you happy with your performance during your junior year?

Chad Boyd:  I started off playing the nickel back position.  A couple of injuries happened, and I was moved back to strong safety.  It was a good move because I knew that position well.  I had a torn labrum in my shoulder.  I played with it the whole year.  It didn’t hinder me in any way.  It was painful, but I played through it.  I had 78 tackles and 3 picks during the season.  It was a good year.  We won the Conference Championship.  We came a long way by starting 1-4 and finishing 8-5.  We got great talent coming in.  Junior year was a success. Hopefully, senior year could be even better.  That is all we hope for.                  

 

Alex Khvatov:  What have you learned about your team so far? 

Chad Boyd:  We are a lot closer than the other teams from the past.  Team camaraderie is great.  A lot of guys like each other on the team.  Overall, we get along well.  We are all humble.  We are all taking everything in stride.  We are in a lot of preseason rankings.  Hopefully we can make it the best season that Tech has ever had.            

                                             

Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for this upcoming senior season from a team and individual standpoint?

Chad Boyd:  Individually, I want to go over 100 tackles in a season.  I have been close in college.  It is something that I did in high school.  I always had a goal of 10 interceptions in a season.  I want a leader during the senior year.  I want to be someone that the team can count on.  Our goal is to win every game as a team.  We have the players and the coaches to do it.  We have a tough schedule.  We start the season against Texas A&M on August 31st.  The best team will prevail.  Hopefully, it will fall in our favor.  We have been working hard.  Everybody is ready.  We think that we have a great team to make it happen.          

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point?

Chad Boyd:  Highlight of my career was last year against New Mexico State.  I had two interceptions during that game.  We beat them and won the conference title.  It was my first title.  I came close in high school.  I lost three title games in high school.  It is the best feeling that I had in my life.  It is truly the highlight of my career.    

 

Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Chad Boyd:  In today’s game, people focus on the height and the weight.  I don’t look at that.  Everyone puts me in the big hit category.  I like the physical aspect category.  I come up with big hits.  I am a physical player.        

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Chad Boyd:  I am a good visual reader.  I detect certain tendencies about an offense.  I am also physical during the game.  I am a good zone cover guy and a good man-to-man player.  I learn quickly. 


Alex Khvatov: 
What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Chad Boyd:  I always want to get better in man-to-man.  I am pretty good.  But I strive to get better in that aspect.  I want to add that to my game.  It will just complete me.  I always strive towards getting faster and stronger.  Nowadays, safeties are 6’4 and they move like a receiver.    


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Chad Boyd:  I have to go with the Saints.  I have been a big fan even through the rough times.  We will get through this tough time and come out on top.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Chad Boyd:  I always looked up to Sean Taylor when he played at Miami and with the Redskins.  I loved Sean Taylor.  He was a great player.  I loved his presence on the field.  His hitting ability and his overall playmaking abilities were great.  I have to toss Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu into the conversation.  They can change the game at any given time.             

 

Alex Khvatov:  What can you tell me about your teammate safety Jamel Johnson?

Chad Boyd:  Jamel Johnson is a great safety for us.  He is a great athlete.  He is a great player on the field.  He is a senior leader.  He is a big guy at 5’11 and 205 pounds.  He is very fast.  He is equal to me.  He is good at all aspects of the game.  He was a Juco guy last year.  He had an interception against Cam Newton in junior college.  He is a good tackler.  He will be big for us this year.         

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about WR Quinton Patton.

Chad Boyd:  Quinton is a game time guy.  If you need a play and throw him the ball, he will make something happen.  He did incredible things for us last year.  It was his breakthrough year for him.  He is a tremendous athlete.  He is a very strong player.  One guy won’t be able to tackle him.  He is very fast.  He has great hands.  He is not afraid to get hit.  If he has another great year, he will make someone’s team at the next level and do the same thing that he did in college.         

 

Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Chad Boyd:  Redshirt junior defensive tackle Justin Ellis was an All-Conference player last year.  He is 6’2 and 330 pounds.  He is a big guy, but he is tremendous athlete.  He is a top five athlete on our team.  Redshirt junior defensive end IK Enemkpali is a tremendous athlete.  He is 6’2 and 260.  He is an animal coming off the edge.  He is the strongest guy on our team.  He is kind of like Courtney Upshaw.     

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Chad Boyd:  I am a laid back type of guy.  I like to hang out with guys on the team and play video games.  I have a little hobby.  I like to race gas operated remote control cars every once in awhile.   

 

Alex Khvatov:  If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Chad Boyd:  I would take Lebron James.  He is my favorite athlete.  He is one of the best individual and team players ever.  I love what he does on the court. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?

Chad Boyd:  I am getting my degree in business management.  Hopefully it has some leeway.  I am leaning towards becoming a coach.  I am good at teaching.  I am also a third degree black belt in taekwondo.  I am good at teaching kids.  My brother has a school in New Orleans.     

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about college football?

Chad Boyd:  I like the atmosphere.  You get to grow and mature.  You learn how to grow up quickly.  My freshman year was tough for me, but I embraced it and grew.  Only good can come out of it.    

 

Alex Khvatov:  What makes you a unique individual?

Chad Boyd:  I am a humble guy.  I am a social guy.  I am easy to get along with.  I have never been in trouble.  I am someone that you can always count on. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Chad Boyd is….

Chad Boyd:  On the field, I am pretty quiet.  You will never hear me say anything except for calling the plays.  I am vicious and very intense player.  I am always looking for a big hit or a big play.  I get a lot of nicknames because I am quiet.  I am a humble and social guy.  I always have a smile on my face.  I like company.  I like life. 

 

 


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