Sunday, April 25, 2004

UK spring game: QB Boyd continues to shine

He passes for 160 yards in White's victory

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - Shane Boyd had another strong performance at quarterback Saturday in the Blue-White scrimmage, the annual end of Kentucky's spring practice.

Boyd, a senior and the Wildcats' probable starter in the fall, completed 9-of-16 passes for 160 yards on the White team, made up mostly of starters.

Boyd ran for a score in the first quarter, tying the scrimmage game at 7-7.

Boyd ran for 30 yards on three carries.

Running back Arliss Beach collected two 1-yard scores in the second quarter to help the White team to a 28-17 victory at Commonwealth Stadium. Beach finished with nine carries for 48 yards.

The Blue team scored twice on kickoff returns. Keenan Burton's 93-yard return came just 17 seconds into the game.

John Logan scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, to pull the Blue team within a touchdown, 21-14.

The White team dominated on the ground, rolling up 182 yards on 31 carries, led by Beach and Draak Davis, who carried eight times for 53 yards.

Boyd has had a solid spring. Last week in the team's second scrimmage, Boyd played just six series but led a 65-yard touchdown drive.

He completed a 21-yard pass and finished off the score with a 14-yard run.

"I feel really good about today," Boyd said after the scrimmage. "We made a big step as far as where we need to go with our offense."

Coach Rich Brooks said he has seen progress this spring in the offensive line, which lost three starters from last season.

"The offensive line made strides the last six practices of the spring," Brooks said. "We have a fairly solid unit right now on our first string and we have some guys pushing in the backup positions."

About 6,000 people attended the game.

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