Notre Dame player notes for Mar 3rd, 2019

The Sports Xchange

March 03, 2019 at 1:33 am.

*Miles Boykin – Noteworthy
Notre Dame receiver Miles Boykin didn’t get the star treatment Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He sat at a table for media interviews while other receivers were placed at podiums. But Boykin remains confident in his decision to forgo his fifth-year option at Notre Dame and enter the NFL Draft. “[The NFL’s college advisory committee] gave me a second-round grade,” Boykin said. “That’s why I’m here. I feel like I can compete with the best.” Once a prized recruit from Providence, Boykin became Notre Dame’s best receiver last season, making 59 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. His connection with quarterback Ian Book was instrumental in Notre Dame’s success. After an undefeated regular season, Notre Dame lost to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.

“When I went to Notre Dame, I had two things I wanted to do, and that was graduate and win a national championship,” Boykin said. “For me, we had a chance to win a national championship this year and it didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. “We had a great season, though. And I’m graduating in May, so I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish from Notre Dame. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” At 6-3 and 220 pounds, Boykin said he patterns himself after former Lions star Calvin Johnson. They’ve spoken on the phone several times. “He just talked about being a big-bodied receiver,” Boykin said. “The biggest thing was separation at the top of your route. Sometimes we’re not the fastest guys in the world, but we’re definitely going to be able to create separation at the top by being strong and physical.” – Chicago Sun-Times