Luke Boyd’s Path From USMC to LSU Football

Luke Boyd is an impressive individual. In 2013, at twenty-six years old, Boyd—a Marine, an overseer for ROTC, a husband, a father, and a student—walked onto the Louisiana State University football team.

Boyd was one of the few athletes who made the LSU Tigers football team as a walk-on, and his path to one of the top Division I football programs was decidedly unorthodox. Luke couldn’t afford to go to school at LSU, and with the struggling market, money was one of the reasons he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps in 2008.

Boyd deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, and for six months he built operating bases. Boyd also participated in the Marine Corps football league, and in 2011 he received MVP honors, which provided him with the unique opportunity to announce a pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Behind the scenes of the NFL Draft, Boyd located Les Miles, the LSU head football coach, and informed him that he would be attempting to walk on to the LSU football team.

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