Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on July 2, 2015
This week’s “Small School, Big Potential” spotlight is on Middle Tennessee safety Kevin Byard. Byard was a first team All-Conference-USA selection last season, and has also been on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List two years running. He redshirted in 2011 – his first year on campus – but has started all 37 of his team’s games since then. Byard has played more than 900 snaps each season, and has accumulated 246 tackles, 15 interceptions, 11 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He has returned four INTs for touchdowns and also returned a punt for a score last season.
Pros: Byard shows top-notch ball skills from the safety position. His history as a receiver shows: as soon as the ball is in the air, he believes that ball is his. Once the ball is in his hands he instantly turns into a running back, as evidenced by his 323 (read more…)