The Hokie Profile series continues with Virginia Tech’s leading threat in the receiving game: junior wide receiver Jarrett Boykin. Boykin has been an impact player in all three of his years at Virginia Tech, but matured into a better possession receiver and consistent threat in time for the 2010 season. He’s been quarterback Tyrod Taylor‘s favorite target all year. The 6’ 2″ North Carolina native leads the Hokies in every important receiving category–yards, receptions, and touchdowns–and is good for an average of 16 yards per catch. With his 48 receptions so far in 2010, he’s currently sitting on 763 yards to go with his 6 touchdowns.
Even though Boykin has shown that he can make big plays and have break-out games, his greatest contribution to the Hokie passing game has been his ability to be productive in more or less every game. He has gained over 100 yards in 3 games this season–including the marquee season opener against Boise State–and has had days when he’s been virtually irrelevant (1 catch for 9 yards in the September 11 loss to James Madison; 0 receptions on November 20 against Miami). But Boykin has gained over 50 yards for the Hokies in 7 of their 13 games, and has scored in 6 of the 13.
Luckily for the Stanford secondary, Boykin won’t bring a hot streak into the Orange Bowl. In the ACC Championship Game he scored, but only caught 3 passes for 35 yards. And over the past 4 games, Boykin has averaged only 48 yards per game, scored once, and not broken 100 yards in any contest.
In interesting yet largely irrelevant notes, Boykin has never recorded a rushing attempt in his college career. He’s also slightly less effective when game-time temperatures are in the 60’s (thanks, HokieSports.com) and in night games.
In last year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl against Tennessee, Boykin broke loose for 120 yards on 4 catches. As a freshman in the 2009 Orange Bowl, Boykin caught 2 passes for 28 yards.