In just his second year in the NFL, former University of Georgia star cornerback Brandon “Bam” Boykin is playing extremely well for the Philadelphia Eagles. Boykin is a gifted athlete who possesses unique versatility having played cornerback, running back, “Wildcat” quarterback, kickoff returner, holder, and covered both kickoffs and punts on special teams while at Georgia.
Brandon holds the University of Georgia records for 110 kickoff returns, 2,663 kickoff return yards, and 4 touchdowns on kick returns. He also has a fourth ranked 24.2 kickoff return yard average for the Bulldogs and has an SEC record tied for first with his 4 kickoff return scores.
The Eagles drafted Brandon in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft and he has served as Philadelphia’s primary nickel cornerback throughout the season. His impressive second year includes 4 interceptions which has him tied for 3rd in the NFL. Earlier in November, Boykin also had a 76 yard interception returned for a touchdown against the Greenbay Packers.
This past Sunday, Boykin had a monster interception in the final minutes of the game against the Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sealing the win for the Eagles 24-16.
On his interception against RGIII, Boykin said, “When the ball was in the air, it was really slow. A lot of thoughts went through my head…when I got it I tried to make sure my feet were in bounds, so I looked down and I was good. I think Fletcher (DE Fletcher Cox) disrupted it (the pass)…so definitely a great job by him.”
The future looks bright for the Philadelphia Eagles, who are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Young players such as Brandon Boykin are making an impact for the team while making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.