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Pittsburgh Panthers WR Tyler Boyd enters NFL Draft

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Pittsburgh Panthers junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd has made his decision to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He made his intentions known with an email to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

“I will be declaring for the 2016 NFL draft,” he wrote in the email. “But as I step out and begin my professional journey, I will always savor the moments we had. As we both know, no matter what, I will always be the kid from Clairton that dreamed of catching the winning touchdown. Thank you for raising me Pittsburgh.”

He finishes his collegiate career with 3,361 receiving yards and 520 rushing yards. He also had 22 touchdowns. He leaves the program as the all-time receptions leader with 754 and the 3,361 yards is the most ever by a receiver.

Boyd caught 91 receptions for 926 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games this season. He was just one catch shy of Larry Fitzgerald’s catches record that he set in a single-season in 2003.

He had six receptions for 53 yards in his final collegiate game on Monday, Dec. 28th in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Anapolis, MD. The Midshipmen, who were playing the game at their home stadium, rolled to a 44-28 win over the Panthers.

As a freshman and sophomore, he became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

At the moment, he’s listed as a second or third rounder. He’ll be able to improve his stock following the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and his Pro Day.

“As head coach at Pitt, it is my responsibility to make sure each of our players make an informed decision on early draft entry,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Although I only coached him for a year, I will forever be a fan and supporter of Tyler and his family. I wish him the very best at the next level and know he will make an NFL team very happy.”

While he’s been good on the field, NFL teams will undoubtedly call into question his character following his arrest this past June. He was charged with DUI and was suspended for the Panthers season-opening game against the Youngstown State Penguins.

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