January 5, 2012 4:56:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Josh Boyd announced today he will return for his senior season in 2012 after filling paperwork with the National Football League advisory board.
"After talking to Coach Mullen and my family, seeing what the NFL had to say, I believe this is the best choice for me at this time," Boyd said. "I'm excited to continue my growth and development with Coach (Matt) Balis and Coach (Chris) Wilson, and I know there are big things in store for the Bulldogs in 2012."
Boyd, a native of Philadelphia, Miss., posted 51 tackles with eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2011. He has 92 total tackles with 15.5 for loss and seven sacks during his 38-game career at Mississippi State.
Earlier this week, junior defensive lineman Fletcher Cox declared for the NFL draft while junior defensive back Johnthan Banks announced his intentions to return for his senior season.
"Our goal is to develop young men to put them in a position to achieve their goals," MSU coach Dan Mullen said about Cox. "Fletcher bought in to our program and matured during his time here. I've always said that we'll support our players in their efforts to reach their dreams, and Fletcher has a chance to reach his. We wish him nothing but the best and look forward to him representing Mississippi State on Sundays."
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