McALESTER — Adam Boyd earned a spot in the starting lineup for the first game of his freshman season at McAlester. And he never missed a game after that.
“The way Adam plays is so physical and hard and explosive. It was hard for us to keep him off the field,” coach Bryan Pratt said. “He started every game as a freshman. He might be the only kid in McAlester history to play for four years and never miss a game. He continued to play hard and make plays.
The last two seasons, Boyd started on both sides of the ball. As a senior, he had 85 tackles as a defensive back, caught 61 passes for 1,189 yards (19.5 yards per catch) with seven touchdowns at receiver, and rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns on 26 attempts.
That performance earned him a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team as a defensive back, but he sees his immediate future on offense. Boyd committed to the University of Tulsa last summer.
“Receiver is probably what I'll try first,” Boyd said. “If I don't have that much success there, the coaches told me that if I see a position on defense where I think I can help the team, I can give it a shot there.”
Picking Tulsa was an easy choice for Boyd when the offer came.
“I didn't want to go out of state anywhere,” he said. “I like only being an hour-and-a-half from home. I can come home when I want. I like the atmosphere up there. It's a top Division I college.
“It's an honor to get to go there. I accepted the offer within a week of getting it. I'm real excited to get up there.”
Looking back, Boyd was happy to be a part of the legacy he and his teammates left behind at McAlester.
“My four years at McAlester, we hadn't even gotten a chance to play for a district championship,” he said. “Winning district was a big step for us, a big deal for the whole town.”
Since that first start as a freshman, Pratt saw Boyd grow into a complete football player.
“The difference in where he was before to where he is now is how much more mature he is,” Pratt said. “He understands the whole scheme of our offense and defense and how you've got to play hard every snap and never give up on it. He definitely did that this year and had a phenomenal senior year.”