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April 29, 2013

TCU's Boyce Drafted by New England

TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce was drafted Saturday by the New England Patriots with the fifth pick in the fourth round.
 
Boyce, who received his TCU degree in December, is now the third Horned Frog on the Patriots, joining offensive tackle Marcus Cannon and defensive back Malcolm Williams.
 
Boyce set a Horned Frog single-season record with 66 receptions in 2012. He had 891 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. In just three seasons, he became TCU's career leader in touchdown catches (22) while ranking second in receiving yards (2,535) and third in receptions (161). 
 
Boyce's diving 2-point catch in the second overtime gave the Horned Frogs a 39-38 victory at West Virginia in 2012. His 94-yard touchdown catch and run with 1:28 remaining forced overtime in Morgantown. He totaled six receptions for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
 
As a sophomore in 2011, Boyce was two yards shy of becoming just the second 1,000-yard receiver in TCU history. His 998 receiving yards came on a team-best 61 receptions. He also had nine touchdowns. He enjoyed a then career-best 163 receiving yards with three touchdowns on five catches at Boise State. His 2-point reception, in which he fought off a Boise State defender to get into the end zone, provided the go-ahead points with 1:05 to play in the 36-35 victory over the Broncos.
 
On TCU's Rose Bowl championship team in the 2010 season, Boyce led TCU with 646 receiving yards. His 34 receptions were second on the Horned Frogs and the most by a TCU freshman since Cory Rodgers' 37 in 2003.
 
Boyce had six career 100-yard receiving games for the Horned Frogs.
 
In 12 seasons as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has now had 32 players drafted with a total of 66 in NFL camps.
 
In 2011, ESPN.com ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.

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