A New Position for Boyce?

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Xavier Boyce ‘s senior season certainly did not go as planned. He was ruled out for the season because of a separated left shoulder, an injury he suffered in the third game of the year…he would play in the fourth game, but has not played since. The 6-3, 200-pound senior, a Virginia Tech recruit, has kept a good attitude, though, and has further reason to get excited about his future.

“I really wanted to finish my senior season,” said Boyce, who is icing and rehabbing his shoulder and hopes that he will not eventually need surgery. “But, like my mom was saying, I can just relax now and recover for Virginia Tech’s season next year.”

Cause for some excitement came earlier this fall, when Virginia Tech’s coaches indicated to the Virginia Beach star that he was being projected to play a new position for them.

“The last time Coach Newsome came down here, he came down with the Wide Receivers Coach,” Boyce said. “He said they are switching the position they want me to play to receiver. I’m excited about it because I would get to make a lot of good plays. I could help the offense out with jump balls. I like defense, too, but on offense I could score a lot of touchdowns.”

Boyce, who was originally recruited by Tech to play safety, isn’t quite sure why the Tech coaches had a change of heart with regards to his future position. He does have an idea, though.

“They really didn’t tell me, but I think they saw a little bit of tape I had this year,” Boyce said. “The first two games, I played wide receiver. In the first game, I had five catches for 112 yards. I had five catches for 40 yards in the second game even though the other team double-teamed me. I moved back to quarterback in the third game.”

The fact that Tech loses four key senior wide receivers to eligibility presents an opportunity for early playing time for Boyce and other incoming wide receiver recruits.

“That is really exciting,” Boyce said. “Virginia Tech has four good receivers leaving this year. I really hope I can go in there and help Virginia Tech’s offense.”

Boyce plans to see

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