August 17, 2008
Athens - For the past three seasons Thomasville's Benjamin Boyd has been one of the top special teams players for the Georgia Bulldogs.
This season Boyd's role is changing with the Bulldogs along with his position on the field.
With starting fullback Brannon Southerland expected to miss the first month of the season with a foot injury and backup Fred Munzenmaier suspended for the season opener, Georgia was down to just one fullback. T
he Bulldogs search for help at that position led them to walk-on linebacker Benjamin Boyd from Thomasville High School.
Benjamin Boyd said "That is what they do. They try to build trust with players who get out there and adjust to came speed. So, they felt comfortable moving me."
So, Georgia opened fall practice two weeks ago with Benjamin Boyd was working out at fullback.
Boyd said "It is not to bad a transition moving from linebacker to fullback. I am smart kid. So, I can kind of pick up the plays."
Learning the Georgia playbook is not that easy but fortunately Boyd has getting some help.
Boyd said "I am friends with a lot of the guys one on offense but I wasn't very familiar with the playbook. So, they have kind of taken me under their wing and showed me the ropes."
Special teams is about the best a walk-on can hope for when it comes to getting on the field at a major power like Georgia.
Benjamin Boyd understands what a great opportunity he has in his move to fullback.
Boyd said "Coach (Mike) Bobo said get over there and work your tail off. You will end up finding some ample playing time. You never even know you may wind up starting."
Whether he becomes Georgia's starting fullback, Benjamin Boyd will never lose his love for specials teams.
Boyd said "There is so much momentum that can be won or lost in that single play. It is very exciting and special for me to get out there and I really enjoy it."
Benjamin Boyd is no longer a walk-on for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Head coach Mark Richt awarded him a scholarship at the start of summer camp.