Running back Cory Boyd has been rewarded for a spectacular rookie season with a long-term contract from the Toronto Argonauts.
The Argos gave their 2010 player of the year an extension through the 2013 season.
The Orange, N.J., native was second to Winnipeg’s Fred Reid in rushing with 1,359 yards on 226 carries. He was the first Toronto running back to be named a CFL all-star since Michael Jenkins in 2001.
“Physical, relentless, dynamic: Those are the words I would use to describe Cory Boyd’s style of play,” coach and general manager Jim Barker said in a statement. The high point of Boyd’s season came on his 25th birthday on Aug. 6 when he rushed for 164 yards and three TDs against Edmonton.
Boyd set a team record by reaching the 1,000-yard rushing mark in only 11 games.
His six 100-yard games tied him for second all-time on the Argos.“He is the kind of player other teams don’t want to play against.
“With one year under his belt, and the understanding of what is needed to train and condition for this league, we look forward to seeing the even greater things Cory is capable of — on and off the field.”
He led the CFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,722. He scored eight TDs — six rushing and two through the air.
Boyd joined the Argos after sitting out the 2009 season. He spent 2008 in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Denver, getting into one game with the Broncos.