Argos got 'lucky' with Boyd

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

TORONTO - Jim Barker admits the Argonauts got a little lucky with Cory Boyd.

When he signed the running back in March, Barker hoped the 25-year-old would help bring a spark to the Argonauts offence in 2010.

Instead, Boyd has become the centerpiece on offence, and leads the Canadian Football League in rushing after 13 games with 1,048 yards, which is 47 more than Winnipeg's Fred Reid, who is second, has compiled.

This despite a two-game absence from Boyd as he recovered from a concussion.

"I hate to say it is luck, but in some cases, it is," Barker said.

"We fell into a guy who is not only a fantastic player, which is what scouting is all about, but he also has character. You could never expect to have a guy with that kind of character."

Boyd has persevered through a life that has been rife with tragedy. The latest came a few weeks ago when Denver Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley, who was one of Boyd's closest friends, committed suicide.


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