Honors: 2014 – Named Preseason First Team All-C-USA … 2013 – Voted Honorable Mention All-C-USA … Named to Jim Thorpe Watch List … Named the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 12 and Nov. 25 … 2012 – Named FWAA Freshman All-American … Voted Second Team All-SBC … Named First Team All-SBC by CollegeSportsMadness.com … Named the SBC Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 26 … Voted the College Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week on Nov. 25 … Earned Named the Most Improved Safety at the conclusion of spring drills.
Career: Ranks 1st in Interception Return Yards (326) … Ranks 1st in Interception Return Touchdowns (4).
2013: Played and started all 13 games … Had a career-best 106 tackles which ranks second on the team and his five interceptions (28th nationally) led the Blue Raiders … Also finished with five pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Equaled his own school mark with two interceptions returned for touchdowns … Led the team with 996 snaps played (played 104 snaps vs ECU) … Collected seven tackles and a pass breakup at UNC … Added eight stops in win over Memphis … Made the game-saving interception in back of end zone at FAU to secure victory in overtime … Had six tackles and an interception at BYU … Registered 15 tackles and a fumble recovery against ECU … Turned in a career-best 17 stops at North Texas, including two TFLs … Had eight tackles and an interception he returned 47 yards against Marshall … Collected eight stops at UAB … Had a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown against FIU to go with a forced fumble and pass breakup … Led team with eight tackles to go with an interception he returned 51 yards for a touchdown (his return yards gave him 326 for his career which was a new school record) at USM … Led team with 14 stops in bowl game against Navy.
2012: Started all 12 games ... Tied for third on team with 74 tackles to go with a team-best four interceptions, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a hurry ... Equaled the school record with two interception returns for touchdowns ... Also set single-season record for interception return yards with 167 ... Led the entire team with 925 total snaps played and had 80 or more snaps four times ... Turned in 11 tackles in first career game against McNeese ... Had a forced fumble vs FAU ... Recorded his first career interception against Memphis and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown ... Collected 11 tackles against ULM, including 10 solos while adding a hurry ... Had seven stops in win over FIU ... Registered an interception and three tackles against North Texas ... Led team with seven stops at WKU and also had seven at USA ... Forced three turnovers in win against Troy with two interceptions and a forced fumble to go with a pass breakup and six tackles ... Second pick went for 77 yards and game-winning score late in fourth quarter ... Had six stops and a pass breakup at ASU.
2011: Took a redshirt year.
High School: Voted first team all-state for Class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal Constitutional and the Associated Press ... Also earned all-region honors on offense and defense, while also garnering all-area and all-county accolades ... A two-star recruit by ESPN who was a two-way standout for M.L. King ... As a senior, he collected 94 tackles, two interceptions, two blocked punts, and two fumble recoveries, while adding 35 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns on offense to go with 245 rushing yards and two scores ... Also returned 12 kickoffs for 350 yards and a touchdown ... Played in the 2010 Georgia North vs South All-Star Game ... Lettered in football and track ... Played for Coach Michael Carson.
Full Name: Kevin Leon Byard ... Parents: Kevin Byard Sr. and Artina Stanley ... Born: 8/17/93 ... Major: Liberal Studies.