Antonio Andrews and Xavius Boyd paired up to win the top three awards.
WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart addressed the media on Sunday.
2013 Game High Stats:
Solo Tackles: 9 (two times)
Total Tackles: 13 at Tennessee (9/7/13)
TFLs: 3 (three times)
Sacks: 2 (three times)
Boyd finished the regular season leading the teamin tackles with 103, tackles for loss with (15.5), sackes with (8.5) and had one forced fumble on the season. Against UK Boyd had a team-high three tackles for loss and two sacks. Week two against Tennessee Boyd had two tackles for loss, one sack, and finished with 13 tackles total. The following week against South Alabama Boyd led the team with 12 tackles. Against Morgan State Boyd recorded two sacks, one forced fumble, and finished with 10 tackles. Week five against Navy Boyd had two tackles for loss, one sack, and eight tackles. Against ULM Boyd had 10 tackles and one tackle for a loss. Week seven against UL he had four tackles. Against Troy Boyd had five tackles. At Georgia State Boyd had seven tackles and one tackle for loss. The following week at Army Boyd had three tackles in the game. In the last game against Arkansas State he led the team with nine tackles in the game.
Boyd broke out as one of WKU's defensive stars in 2012, finishing third on the team in tackles (79) and tackles for loss (7.5). He led the Hilltoppers in tackling on four different occasions, recording at least five tackles in 11-of-13 games. Boyd tallied a team-high eight tackles in the season-opening win over Austin Peay on Sept. 1. He equaled his career high in tackles in win at Kentucky on Sept. 15, totaling 10 on the game. Boyd led the Hilltoppers in tackles once again versus Southern Miss on Sept. 22, piling up seven on the game. He notched his third double-digit tackling performance of his career at Arkansas State on Sept. 29, ending the contest with 10. He snagged his first-career interception in the third quarter to set up WKU's go-ahead touchdown after trailing by 13 points to start the half. He posted five tackles, including 1.5 for loss against ULM on Oct. 20. Boyd racked up five more tackles at FIU on Oct. 27 and versus Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1, including assisted tackles for loss in both contests. He piled up seven tackles in the regular-season finale against North Texas on Nov. 24, including 1.5 for loss. He tied for the team lead in tackles with eight against Central Michigan on Dec. 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Boyd played in all 12 games, including nine starts at the linebacker position. He ended the season ranked second on the Hilltopper defense in total tackles with 53, which included 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also forced a pair of fumbles and recovered a fumble. Boyd earned the start in the season opener against Kentucky (9/1), posting his first career sack for an 11-yard loss and one forced fumble. He had a season-best 10 tackles the following week against Navy on Sept. 10 while also assisting on a sack and posting 1.5 tackles for loss. He finished third on the WKU defense with six stops against Indiana State on Sept. 17. Boyd broke up his first-career pass the following week against Arkansas State on Oct. 1 to go along with five tackles. He blocked a punt late in the fourth quarter and finished third on the Hilltopper defense with seven tackles against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 15. He tallied six tackles, including one for loss, against FIU on Nov. 6. Boyd forced a fumble the following week against No. 1-ranked LSU on Nov. 12 and finished the game with five total tackles.
Boyd played in 11 games during his freshman season, drawing seven starts at outside linebacker. He recorded a total of 23 tackles on the year, including two tackles for loss. Boyd registered a season-high six tackles at Arkansas State on Nov. 13 and five at Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 23. He made his stops behind the line against ULM on Oct. 16 and at Arkansas State on Nov. 13.
Boyd totaled 98 tackles at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., playing at the safety position. He posted a pair of interceptions to go along with 12 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries, four sacks and nine pass breakups. He also made an impact on the offensive side of the ball, catching 18 passes, including four for touchdowns. Boyd earned First-Team All-County and All-Conference as well as Second-Team All-Area honors. He was tabbed as an All-State Honorable Mention and a Pinellas County All-Star while earning the team Defensive Most Valuable Player award. Boyd lettered all four years in football and was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. Xavius Boyd is the brother to current Hilltopper linebacker Bar'ee Boyd.