Fall 2011


Former Lumberjack Signs with New York Jets

Taylor Boggs Taylor Boggs, (Photo courtesy of HSU Athletics).

FORMER HUMBOLDT STATE FOOTBALL player Taylor Boggs has signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets.

Boggs was an offensive lineman and four-year standout for the Lumberjacks. He also won the Award for Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics or Sports Clubs at the 2010-2011 Outstanding Student Awards.

“I’m so happy for Taylor because he’s getting the chance he deserves,” HSU Head Football Coach Rob Smith said. “He’s always been a blue-collar, lunch-pail guy. No one will work harder than Taylor to earn a place on an NFL roster.”

The signing came days after the end of an NFL lockout that had halted contract activity and threatened to disrupt the 2011 season. Named an All-American following his senior year in 2010, Boggs showcased his skills at the Cactus Bowl all-star game in February. However, his name wasn’t called during the seven rounds of the April 2011 NFL Draft, leaving him waiting as the lockout continued.

After four months, NFL player representatives and the league’s owners signed a collective-bargaining agreement ending the lockout. Boggs reported for Jets training camp in New Jersey in early August.

Following an injury sustained during training, Boggs was waived and placed on the injured reserves list. He is still signed with the Jets for a one-year contract and will have the opportunity to participate in training next season as a second-year player.

“Boggs has the talent and the intelligence to excel in professional football,” Smith said. “He’ll pick up the complex systems quickly.”

Boggs is the first Lumberjack to sign an NFL contract since Steve Cheek signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a punter in 2004.

The NFL has previously drafted eight Lumberjacks. The last Lumberjack to be drafted was wide receiver Freeman Baysinger, who was the 333rd overall selection, going in the 12th round in 1991. Scotty Reagan, an HSU defensive end, was the 179th overall pick in the seventh round in 1990, making him the highest-ever selected Lumberjack.