Back in September, Vanderbilt Commodores’ wide receiver Chris Boyd was dismissed from the team after being part of the investigation into several Vanderbilt players in a rape case. Four players were eventually arrested and charged with aggravated rape.
Boyd entered a guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge related to the investigation and was forced to serve a year of probation. He then had the option to transfer to another school and attempt to earn playing time or simply enter the NFL draft.
According to Boyd’s agent, he’s made that decision.
“He said, ‘I’m going to have a degree, so I might as well come out and not have to worry with injury or anything else,’” Boyd’s agent, Chris Turnage told the Associated Press.
In two seasons at Vanderbilt, Boyd had 81 receptions for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“I kind of just prayed about it, sat down and talked with coaches and my parents about it,” Boyd told Chase Goodbread of NFL.com. “I got all the feedback and reached out to a couple NFL contacts I knew about. Basically, just thought if I was ready to make this jump, and it came down to me just believing in my talents, and also knowing I’ll be having my degree from Vanderbilt here in May. I felt like after how everything went, it was just time to move on to bigger and better things.”