• Phil Houk

Miles Boykin: All-Time Irish Hero

6-4 220 lb., Miles Boykin hailed from Chicagoland and had an amazing Senior year in 2014 at Providence Catholic High School. 1,035 yards 19 touchdowns and he led Providience to the Illinois 7A state championship. After the season he was named the Chicago Tribune Prep Athlete of the year.

Rated a 4 star recruit, Boykin turned down offers from practically everyone in the Big Ten, half the SEC and headed to South Bend. He red shirted as a freshman, and was quiet most of his sophomore season, but he broke out all at once in the Citrus Bowl against LSU. Just prior to that game the story goes that at practice Brian Kelly had a conversation with Boykin and predicted that he would play so well he would be named the game MVP. That sounded just a little optimistic for a guy who at that point through 12 games had totaled 9 catches for 151 yards. Well Brian Kelly ended up a clairvoyant because with 35 seconds remaining and the Irish trailing 17-14, Boykin streaked down the sidelines, pulled in a bomb from Ian Book and covered the last 25 yards of the field in determined fashion, into the end-zone. Final score ND 21-LSU 17. Notre Dame claimed the Citrus Bowl championship and Boykin was named the game MVP. Boykin seized the Citrus Bowl momentum into his Junior year and was brilliant. The Irish rolled to the college football playoffs and Boykin was a big reason why. 54 catches 803 yards and 8 TDs, highlighted by a 144 yard effort against Stanford and a 2 TD, 117 yard effort against Virginia Tech. He made the decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and go to the NFL, a decision second guessed by many. However, he excelled in the NFL combined by demonstrating 4.4 speed and great athleticism.

Boykin was drafted in the 3rd round by the Baltimore Ravens, where last year he was part of a record setting offense.

For his clutch play and outstanding athleticism, Miles Boykin is an All-time, Irish Hero.

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