Just beginning its football program, Berry College will be seeing its share of adversity and changes and will need players familiar with and capable of handling those pressures.
Eastside’s Cameron Boyd, who signed a letter of intent with the Vikings Wednesday, has proven he can do just that.
Boyd was Eastside’s starting quarterback in 2011, before sliding over to receiver toward the end of the season. Then in 2012, he started the year off as receiver while taking a few snaps at quarterback. He excelled in the new position catching 18 passes for 293 yards.
“A lot of people struggle when they move positions, especially like that from quarterback to receiver,” Eastside coach Rick Hurst said. “But he was a natural there. He picked it up very well. He has great hands, soft hands, runs great routes and he’s disciplined. He made big catches in big games for us.”
Boyd not only did well in his new role, but also took the move in stride, putting the team first.
“The biggest thing about Cameron is he’s a team player,” Hurst said. “He went through adversity last year being moved from quarterback to receiver; that speaks of his integrity and character.”
Along with gaining nearly 300 yards receiving, Boyd also had 19 yards on six carries and completed 8 of 10 passes for 76 yards during his senior season.
“It was a joy to watch him move and be successful out there knowing the adversity he went through,” Hurst said.
At Berry, Boyd will be a full-time receiver for the team, which is joining Division III Southern Athletic Association this year.
“It will be a lot of fun to start the team,” Boyd said.
While Boyd is eager to get on the field, the main draw of Berry College for him is its engineering program. He is slated to spend three years at Berry, before going to Georgia Tech for two more years in order to earn his degree as part of a designated 2/3 program.
Boyd is in the top 10 in Eastside’s 2013 class ,earning a 4.0 grade point average and said math is his strong suit.
Along with math, he also enjoys working with his hands and building things, leading him to pursue engineering after school.
“Cameron is a heck of a student athlete and student is highlighted there,” Hurst said. “Berry is getting a good student and good young man.
“We’re losing a good one, but Berry is gaining a good one. I know he’s going to be successful, not only on the field but in the classroom. Once he leaves, there’s a lot of opportunities out there for him.”