Honors: 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.
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.