By LUKE JOHNSON
Tiger Rag Editor
Luke Boyd's worlds collided Tuesday morning.
The LSU walk on wide receiver was promoted to a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps in front of a small group of friends, family and fellow Marines. The short ceremony was held inside one of the suites in Tiger Stadium, where Boyd hopes to take the field this fall.
"Sgt. Boyd is one of our rockstars," said Captain Andrew Kettner, shortly before calling Boyd front and center to receive his promotion.
Dressed in his Dress Blue "D" uniform — blue trousers with a vertical red stripe and a short-sleeved khaki shirt — Boyd donned a jacket shortly before the ceremony so his wife, Tina, could pin his new Staff Sergeant rank insignia on his shoulder.
After the promotion, Boyd made it clear that it was a special moment for him. His wife had never been present for any of his promotions, whether because of a training operation or a deployment.
Boyd is earning his education at LSU as part of the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program, or MECEP, a highly-competitive program that puts enlisted Marines through college so they can earn an officer's commission. He's fairly certain that he's the only active duty military member currently on a Division I football roster.
While he's aware that he's behind some talented players on the depth chart, Boyd hopes he can find a way to contribute to the team on the field this fall. He's been working on special teams units, where he plans on "knocking some heads around."
Whatever his role, Boyd sounded confident he'd be able to keep merging his worlds together. The 27-year-old leader of Marines wants to be a leader of young athletes as well, and he thinks his experience in the Corps will allow him that opportunity.