He wanted another shot to play at the Division I level, and he got that chance when Arkansas offered him. Now his sights are on having a great senior season and getting to the NFL.
Rakeem Boyd struggled with his grades at Texas A&M
Boyd had to decide what his next move would be since he had to leave Texas A&M because of his grades. Going from a big university to a small junior college in less than a year can be a culture shock. When Boyd arrived at Independence, he had to adjust to not having that Division I treatment he had at Texas A&M. He was back at square one, trying to establish himself as an elite player on the field.
During the 2017 season, Boyd had to compete to become the top running back. Early on in the season, he would show glimpses of how talented he was, but he was not consistent. As the season went on, he started to become a threat in the backfield and would become the team’s top rusher. Boyd rushed for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games for Independence. He had a game where he rushed for 303 yards against Coffeyville Community College. Boyd established himself as one of the top running backs in junior college. He was rated the No. 3 JUCO running back by 247Sports.
Boyd put himself in a position where he could return to Division I football. The offers started to roll in, and he decided to sign with Arkansas. Boyd did what he came to Independence to do, and that was to get his grades in order, perform on the football field, and get that Division I offer.
Rakeem Boyd taking full advantage at Arkansas
During his first season at Arkansas, he immediately made an impact. Even though he dealt with some injuries, he still managed to put up decent numbers during the 2018 season. He rushed for 734 yards and two touchdowns and had 23 receptions for 165 yards. Boyd led the team in all-purpose yards with 899. The SEC is one of the toughest football conferences in college, and Boyd held his own at the running back position.
As a junior, Boyd became the starting running back for Arkansas. He was an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, and Doak Walker Award watch lists honoree. He led the team in rushing for the second straight year. Boyd rushed for 1,133 yards on 184 carries with eight touchdowns. Boyd established himself as one of the top rushers in the SEC.
Rakeem Boyd poised for a stellar senior campaign
After his junior year, Boyd considered entering the NFL draft, but he decided to return to Arkansas for his senior season. If there is a college football season and Boyd continues to have the success that he’s had while at Arkansas, he can accomplish a lot during his senior season.
Boyd could have given up on football when he transferred to Independence, but he decided to work hard and give it his all on the football field. Arkansas made the right decision in going after Boyd, and it has paid off for them during the last few years. Make sure to be on the lookout for Boyd this season.