9 - Aaron Boyce
Aaron Boyce
Height: 6-3
Weight: 210
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kent, Wash.
High School: Kentwood HS '05
Position: WR
Experience: 3L*

Career: He has already moved near the top of EWU's career lists, ranking second in catches (183), fourth in touchdown catches (23) and third in receiving yards (2,696). The only player ahead of Boyce on the career catches list is Eric Kimble (253 from 2002-05). Interestingly, all of Boyce's touchdown catches have come from Matt Nichols. Coupled with senior teammates Tony Davis and Brynsen Brown, that trio has already combined for 456 catches for 6,329 yards and 43 touchdowns in 98 games worth of experience (80 starts). Of the 43 total touchdowns Boyce, Brown and Davis have caught, all but two of them have come from Nichols (Brown and Davis each caught a TD pass from Chris Peerboom in 2006). Boyce has the second-most starts among returning players with 32, trailing only Matt Nichols with 33.

2009: Listed as a starter at wide receiver on EWU's preseason depth chart. He was a second team preseason FCS All-America pick as selected by Consensus Draft Services. He was also selected by the media as a member of the 27-player preseason All-Big Sky Conference squad.

2008: Earned second team All-Big Sky Conference honors as he started nine games at wide receiver. He ranked 31st in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in receptions per game (5.7) and was 27th in reception yards per game (83.4). Boyce equaled his 2007 performance with 10 touchdown catches in 2008 to rank eighth in school history, and his 63 catches also rank eighth. He had 13 catches against Portland State (10/13/08) to rank second in school history behind the 17 he had the year before against Montana, and he finished with 181 receiving yards against the Vikings to rank as the 14th-most in school history. He had caught just 13 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown in his first three games of the 2008 season, but in his next two he caught 22 for 316 yards and four scores. Twice he was selected as the team's offensive player of the week, including against Idaho State (9/27/08) when he caught nine passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns from Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week Matt Nichols. Boyce also earned the team honor against Weber State (11/22/08) when he closed the season with six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in EWU's 33-26 upset victory over the Big Sky champions. In summer 2008, he was selected to EWU's "100 for 100" All-Time Football Team to commemorate Eastern's 100th year of football in the 2008 season. During spring practices, Boyce suffered a shoulder injury on a collision with freshman redshirt Matt Johnson in EWU's scrimmage on April 19. Four days later, a MRI revealed a partially torn labrum and the very next day he underwent successful surgery in Seattle. Johnson suffered a concussion on the play and had to miss the Red-White Spring Game the next week.

2007: Was selected to four All-America teams, including the College Sporting News "Fabulous Fifty." He was also selected to The Sports Network first team, Associated Press second team and CollegeSportsReport.com second team. Also earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started all 13 Eastern games as a wide receiver. With one of the most productive receiving seasons in school history, Boyce was 14th in receptions (6.5 per game) and sixth in receiving yards (100.6) in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics. His 85 catches ranked second all-time at EWU and his yardage total of 1,308 was fourth. His catch total ranked only behind the 87 catches Eric Kimble had in 12 games in 2005, and equals the ninth-best performance in Big Sky history. Boyce's yardage total ranks behind the 1,453 yards Kimble had in 13 games in 2004, the 1,419 Kimble had in 2005 and the 1,376 Jeff Ogden had in 14 games in 1997. Boyce had a record-breaking performance at Montana (10/6/07) and was selected by The Sports Network as the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week. He had the fourth-most catches in Big Sky history with a school-record 17, and finished the 24-23 loss to top-ranked Montana with 232 receiving yards to rank second in school history. Boyce, whose top yardage performance as a freshman in 2006 was 96 yards, had six 100-yard receiving performances in 2007 as he now owns four of the top 73 performances in school history. His teammates added five more 100-yard performances (plus one of 99) to give EWU a total of 11 in the 2007 season. He was the team's offensive captain against Sacramento State (10/27/07) and was the offensive player of the game versus PSU when he had six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. He also had the team's big play of the week against Brigham Young when he caught nine passes for 135 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown catch and 61-yard reception.

2006: Started 10 games at wide receiver. He made the first start of his career in EWU's season opener at Oregon State (8/31/06). His first career touchdown catch - and the first TD pass for quarterback Matt Nichols - came against Central Washington (9/23/06). He had the team's big hit of the week against Sacramento State (9/30/06) and had the team's big play of the week against Northern Colorado (10/14/06). Was among the team's leading receivers in the spring with four catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

2005: Redshirted. He was the team's offensive scout team player of the week twice.

HS: Graduated from Kentwood HS in 2005. He earned first team South Puget Sound League North Division honors as a wide receiver. Kentwood finished 9-3 after losing to Gonzaga Prep in the quarterfinals of the State 4A Playoffs. He was also one of the top players in the state of Washington in basketball as he earned honorable mention All-State honors from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. He was the Co-MVP of the South Puget Sound League North Division and was nominated to play in the McDonald's All-American game. Boyce averaged 16.8 points and nearly eight rebounds per game as a senior, with a high of 28 in an 86-60 victory over Kentlake. He had 12 points and eight rebounds in the championship game of the State 4A Tournament as Kentwood finished the season 24-6. He was selected as a first team All-State 4A Tournament selection. As a junior, Kentwood won the State 4A title as he played alongside his good friend Rodney Stuckey ('04). Stuckey played two seasons of basketball for the Eagles and is now with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. Boyce helped Eastern retire Stuckey's No. 3 jersey in ceremonies that took place on Jan. 11, 2009.

Personal: Born 9/26/86 in Kent, Wash. Will turn 23 the day EWU plays at Sacramento State. Communication studies major.

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