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Will Les Miles let the Marine play?


Anniston Star

LSU closes its regular season on Thanksgiving night at Texas A&M, and with that the unique career of Luke Boyd will come one step closer to ending.

Boyd played wide receiver for one season at Division III Farleigh-Dickinson, then moved to Baton Rouge to be with his high school sweetheart, Tina, who ran track at LSU. Boyd couldn't afford tuition at LSU, so he worked a myriad of jobs around town and eventually joined the Marines. In the years since he's married Tina - the two have a child and another on the way - completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan, enrolled at LSU and walked on the football team. It's amazing that Boyd finds the time to play football as an active duty Marine, a full-time engineering student, a father and husband while also, as he describes in his Twitter account, self-renovating his home.

Promoted to staff sergeant over the summer, Boyd is a wide receiver and has practiced with the second unit on the kickoff and punt teams, but he has not played yet this season. As a senior, he's running out of chances.

“Everyone wants a chance to get on the field, knock some heads,” he told the Baton Rouge Advocate over the summer.

And now David LaCerte, secretary for Louisiana's Department of Veteran Affairs, has petitioned Les Miles to give Boyd his "Rudy" moment.

Boyd re-tweeted the letter, adding a "#humbled." It'll be interesting to see if Les can find a snap for Boyd on Thanksgiving night.

Insert from Scott> C'mon Les. Give this young man the moment he deserves.

Luke Boyd