Texas fans cheer as their team takes the field against UTEP at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Football

Ahead of Texas football career, Kobe Boyce challenges school’s long jump record

Posted February 24th, 2017


UPDATE (10:00 a.m.): Lake Dallas track coach Darrell Dennis told the American-Statesman on Friday that Kobe Boyce actually fell short of the school record when he leaded 22 feet, 10.75 inches in Decatur. It was originally believed that the school record was 22 feet, 10 inches. Upon further review, it was discovered that the record is 22 feet, 11 inches. Said Dennis of Boyce: “I do believe he will break it this year.”

By this point, Texas fans are probably eager to see what Kobe Boyce can do on a football field. That, however, is not the only sport he is excelling in.

A senior at Corinth Lake Dallas who has signed with Texas’ football team, Boyce tweeted that he broke a school record in the long jump on Thursday. Boyce was competing at his first meet of the spring as Lake Dallas traveled to the Decatur Eagle Relays. Official results for the meet were not immediately available, but Boyce later said he jumped 22 feet, 11 inches.


Had Boyce landed that jump at the Class 5A state meet in 2016, he would have placed fifth.


At Texas, Boyce won’t be the only defensive back who can brag about his track accomplishments. Kris Boyd (100-meter dash) and Antwuan Davis (200-meter dash) both earned a silver medal at a state meet during their high school careers. John Burt, who was the runner-up the 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 Big 12 Championships, and 2015 Class 6A 100-meter champion Devin Duvernay are among Texas’ wide receivers.

The six-foot, 164-pound Boyce twice earned all-district honors on Lake Dallas’ football team. Boyce registered 36 tackles, an interception and a blocked kick during his senior year. He had two interceptions and eight pass break-ups as Lake Dallas reached the Class 5A, Division II semifinals in 2015.

News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to Statesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at statesman.com/subscribe.