2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: McKeesports Bobbie Boyd Jr.


Sunday June 19, 2022 | 2:17 p.m

Editor’s note: The Tribune Review and TribLive High School Sports Network profile each member of the 25-man Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team. Players will be honored on July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

Bobbie Boyd Jr. entered the 2021 football season with seven varsity carries.

He finished his junior year as one of the best running backs in the county.

“I had a pretty good season last year but I wasn’t satisfied yet,” said Boyd. “We had a goal to win and we didn’t do that.”

The 5-foot-9, 163-pound McKeesport senior, who also plays safety, is a member of the 2022 Trib HSSN Preseason 25 Football All-Star Team honored July 15 at Kennywood Park.

The Tigers finished second to Belle Vernon in the Class 4A Big Eight Conference with a 9-3 overall record last year. McKeesport reached the semifinals of the district playoffs before losing to Aliquippa.

Boyd finished eighth in the WPIAL in rushing for 1,545 yards and 16 touchdowns.

“Bobby had great vision and speed, but what struck me was how hard he managed the football,” said McKeesport coach Matt Miller. “He broke a lot of tackles that led to big plays for us. He’s a great competitor.”

That description doesn’t necessarily fit body type, which makes Boyd’s performances even more impressive.

“I would say my size helps me,” Boyd said. “I’m smaller and can fit through smaller gaps and I’m a little harder to deal with.”

Boyd has offers from Akron, Richmond, Duquesne and Robert Morris, among others, but no timeline for a college decision as he prepares for his senior year.

“I just want to get through the season,” Boyd said. “But I will remember.”

Miller believes intangibles are a big part of Boyd’s success.

“His great play comes from his work ethic,” Miller said. “He works very hard in season and off season. He loves the game of football and it shows every Friday night.”

Boyd has high expectations for himself and his McKeesport teammates this fall. The Tigers are again playing in the Class 4A Big Eight with Connellsville, Latrobe, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Thomas Jefferson and Trinity.

“I expect 2,000 yards and a successful season,” he said. “We have a great team so I expect to win everything.”

Boyd hopes to soar to new heights, beginning with a trip near Kennywood Park as he and 24 others are honored as a Trib HSSN Preseason All-Star Team.

“My favorite thing is the Potato Patch Fries, while my favorite ride is the Sky Rocket,” he said.

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