Former TCU receiver Josh Boyce was thinking he was headed to
Miami for about
Just before the New England Patriots picked him with the fifth pick of the fourth round during Saturday's NFL draft, the Dolphins called Boyce to tell him they were taking him with the seventh pick. But the Patriots called Boyce before their AFC East rival got the chance. So Boyce went from sunny Florida to frigid Foxborough in a matter of moments.
“As soon as I got off the phone the Patriots called me,” said Boyce, who’ll join former TCU teammate Stansly Maponga today for a media appearance on TCU's campus.
Maponga was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round.
A recent foot injury may have pushed Boyce down a round, but he’s not complaining.
“You never know,” he said. “I’m just glad God gave me the
opportunity to get drafted. I can go forward from there.”
He was watching the draft with family at home in Copperas Cove, the same place he played high school football with Robert Griffin III, who is now the Redskins quarterback.
He’s excited about adding New England’s Tom Brady to the list of elite quarterbacks he’s played with. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Boyce became one of senior Andy Dalton’s favorite targets at TCU. Dalton is now the quarterback at Cincinnati.
“It’s great,” Boyce said the day he was drafted. “All three of them are great guys, great quarterbacks. I’ve been blessed to play with great quarterbacks my whole career.”
As for playing in cold weather? Please. Two of Boyce’s greatest games came in cold weather. In 2011, Boyce had 163 yards and three touchdowns in TCU’s heart-stopping win at Boise State in 40-degree weather. And last fall he came up huge late at West Virginia in 30-degree weather (it felt much colder to me on the sidelines during the fourth quarter). Boyce burst on the scene nationally when he led TCU with 126 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-7 rout at Utah in 2010. It wasn't that cold that day in Salt Lake City, but as hot as Boyce was it wouldn't have mattered.
“I’m pretty comfortable in cold weather,” he said.
But speaking of those great Boyce moments … what does he consider his favorite TCU memory? He leaves TCU owning many all-time Horned Frog receiving records. More vividly for TCU fans, he was smack dab in the middle of some of the most exciting TCU moments of the last 10 years.Was it the 94-yard touchdown catch from Trevone Boykin to force overtime at West Virginia in 2012?
Or was it his ultimate clutch catch on a two-point conversion pass from Casey Pachall at Boise State in 2011?
“I’ve got a lot of good memories,” Boyce said, first mentioning the Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. “It’s probably the two-point conversion against Boise, or the long one against Utah my freshman year. Those are two very good memories.”
It's hard to choose, but I'd probably go with the West Virginia game for Boyce. That thing was over. The season looked cooked. Less than two minutes remaining and TCU was 94 yards from the endzone. And he breaks loose for a 94-yard touchdown? How did that happen? That's a special moment for a special player. And to top it off, he came up with a very tough catch on a low pass from Boykin to clinch the win in double overtime.
It was a jaw-dropping series of events in Morgantown. But three years ago in Utah, Boyce helped start an embarrassing 47-7 blowout of Utah by scoring on two touchdown passes from Andy Dalton in the first quarter. The second was a 93-yard beauty that had 50,000 Utes fans gasping in horror.
Here's one of the cooler photos from that game. Boyce is celebrating his 26-yard touchdown with former teammate Jeremy Kerley, who's now a receiver for the New York Jets. See how this all came back to the draft?