Argos Add Former South Carolina Star RB Cory Boyd

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is thrilled to announce that import RB Cory Boyd has signed with the club through 2011.

While starring for the South Carolina Gamecocks, Boyd became only the second player in school history to gain 1,000 rushing yards and receiving yards in a career. At 6-feet 1-inch and 218 pounds, the big back gained yards by making quick moves around an opponent or carrying the ball through one. As a senior, he rushed for nine touchdowns and 900 yards. The 24 year old was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft and spent time with the Denver Broncos.

Commented Argonauts General Manager/Vice President, Football Operations, Adam Rita, “Cory Boyd is a back with size which is important in our game. His great receiving skills coupled with his speed to go the distance make him an intriguing prospect we look forward to seeing on the field.”

Cory Boyd
Running Back
6’1”, 218 lbs.
South Carolina
Born: August 6, 1985
Orange, New Jersey
1st Year Argos / 1st Year CFL
Acquired: Signed as a free agent with Toronto on March 12, 2010.

2009: Waived by Denver on March 31, 2009.

2008: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round (238th overall) of the NFL Draft…Waived by the Buccaneers on July 26 and subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve…Released by Tampa Bay on October 17…Signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad on November 4…Promoted to the active roster on December 9 when fullback Peyton Hillis was placed on injured reserve…Returned to practice squad the next week…Re-activated for Week 17 following the season ending injuries to Selvin Young and P.J. Pope, but did not dress in a game.

College: Played for the Gamecocks from 2003 to 2007 as a running back…Only the second South Carolina player ever to gain 1000 yards both rushing and receiving in a career…In his senior year, rushed for 9 touchdowns and over 900 yards…2007 Led the Gamecocks in rushing with 823 yards in 12 games… Started seven times…. Averaged 5.0 yards per carry… Scored a team-high eight rushing touchdowns… Also was third on the team and led all SEC running backs with 35 receptions for 406 yards and two scores… Ranked fifth in the SEC and 59th in the country in rushing yards per game at 68.6 and was fourth in all-purpose yards, averaging 107.8 per game… Recorded three 100-yard rushing games… tied the school record with three rushing TDs against Wofford…Had a career-long 40-yard burst against Wofford… Injured his ankle in that contest and did not play against FAU…Named the Ernest A. Brooks Memorial Award winner as the MVP of the Carolina-Clemson game…Given the offensive Everyday Effort Award following the 2006 spring drills…2006 Declared a medical redshirt…2005 Was the team’s second leading rusher with 309 yards on 62 carries with three touchdowns and the team’s second leading receiver with 35 catches for 347 yards and one TD… Saw duty at both tailback and fullback… 2004 Saw action in all 11 games as a tailback and special team’s performer… Named the team’s Freshman of the Year… Team’s fourth leading rusher with 232 yards on 58 carries… Had 11 receptions for 145 yards… Scored three rushing touchdowns and had one receiving TD…2003 Redshirt freshman.

Personal: Cory married Brittany in January 2009 and the couple spent this off-season in Aurora, Colorado. Recently, he worked for Rite of Passage where he helped coach and counsel juvenile offenders through education and physical fitness programs. Cory changed his off-season training routine so that it began at 12:00 a.m. and ended at 4:00 a.m. in an effort to spend more time with his wife and family. He attended Orange H.S. where he played high school football and basketball. After high school, he earned a football scholarship to the University of South Carolina.

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