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Kevin Byard
S #31
Height:
5-11
Weight:
212
Age:
23
College:
Middle Tennessee St.
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
58
SCK
1.0
FF
0
INT
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Biography

 
PRO: The Titans selected Kevin Byard with the first pick of the third round in the 2016 NFL Draft.  The 5-foot-11-inch, 212-pound defender earned a reputation in college as a sideline-to-sideline, ball-hawking safety who plays with tremendous intelligence and effort.  In four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, he set the school’s all-time career interceptions record with a total of 19.  He started 46 of his 49 career games with the Blue Raiders.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
•    In 2015, Byard appeared in 12 games (limited to nine starts due to injuries) and posted 66 tackles and a team-high four interceptions.  He was named first-team All-Conference USA for the second consecutive season.
•    Against North Texas on Nov. 21, 2015, he set the Middle Tennessee State record with his 18th career interception.  He picked off another pass the following week to finish his career with 19 interceptions.
•    Against Troy on Nov. 24, 2012, he forced three total turnovers (two interceptions and a forced fumble), including a 77-yard, game-winning interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Byard says his football role models are Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins and Troy Polamalu.
•    He has aspirations to travel the world, and his bucket list includes setting foot on every continent.
•    He has three brothers and three sisters and is the second oldest of the group.  
•    Byard credits his mother, Artina Stanley, for much of his success.  Following a divorce when Byard was in ninth grade, his mother moved with the children from Philadelphia to Atlanta.  Although it was a financial struggle, Stanley worked long hours to make sure her children received what they needed.  Byard claims he and his older brother “had to grow up really fast” as they helped their mother with taking care of the younger kids in the family.
•    The Titans had an inside track in their scouting of Byard.  Titans general manager Jon Robinson received glowing reports on Byard from his friend and MTSU defensive coordinator Steve Ellis.  When Robinson was a linebackers coach at Nicholls State, Ellis was one of his pupils, and the two remained close through the years.  Additionally, Patrick Callaway, a newly-hired scouting assistant for the Titans, was Byard’s high school teammate.  

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Lithonia, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (64th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    During a four-year career at Middle Tennessee State, he appeared in 49 games and notched 46 starts at safety.  He set school records with 19 career interceptions, 377 interception return yards and four interception returns for touchdowns.  He finished sixth in MTSU history with 312 career tackles.  In 49 career games, he had a hand in 25 turnovers (19 interceptions, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery). Had 17 additional career passes defensed and five tackles for loss.  He was twice named first-team All-Conference USA.  

AS A SENIOR (2015), appeared in 12 games with nine starts as a permanent team captain.  Ranked fourth on the team with 66 tackles and led the squad with four interceptions and six additional pass breakups.  Ranked second among safeties with 718 snaps played.  Named first-team All-Conference USA for the second consecutive season.
•    At Alabama (9/12), shared team lead with eight tackles and added a tackle for loss and an interception against No. 2 Crimson Tide.  
•    Against Vanderbilt (10/3), tied the MTSU record with his 17th career interception.
•    Against Florida International (10/17), led squad with 10 tackles and a pass breakup.  
•    Against North Texas (11/21), became the school’s all-time leader with his 18th career interception.
•    At University of Texas at San Antonio (11/28), led team with eight tackles and added his 19th career interception.

AS A JUNIOR (2014), played and started all 12 games and led the team with six interceptions.  Ranked fourth on the team with 66 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and added four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.  Ranked seventh nationally and first in Conference USA in interceptions.  Played a team-high 980 snaps.  Named first-team All-Conference USA.
•    Against Savannah State (8/30), collected an interception.
•    At Minnesota (9/6), had seven stops and an interception.  
•    At Old Dominion (9/26), posted five tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception and a forced fumble at ODU to go with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown (first-ever punt return).  Voted the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week and the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Southern Miss (10/4), credited with five tackles, an interception, a pass breakup and his first career blocked kick on an extra point.
•    Against UAB (10/18), had seven tackles and an interception.  
•    At Florida International (11/15), led the team with eight tackles and added a forced fumble.
•    Against Florida Atlantic (11/22), set a career high with his sixth interception of the season.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2013), played and started all 13 games.  Registered a career-best 106 tackles to finish second on the team.  Led the team with five interceptions.  Also finished with an additional 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.  Voted honorable mention All-Conference USA.
•    At Florida Atlantic (9/21), made the game-saving interception in back of end zone to preserve an overtime victory.  
•    At BYU (9/27), had six tackles and an interception,  
•    Against East Carolina (10/5), registered 15 tackles and a fumble recovery.  
•    At North Texas (10/12), turned in a career-best 17 stops, including two tackles for loss.  Named the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Marshall (10/24), had eight tackles and an interception he returned 47 yards.  Named the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Florida International (11/9), had a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown to go with a forced fumble and pass breakup.
•    At Southern Miss (11/23), 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 set a new school record.
•    Against Navy (12/30), led team with 14 stops in the Armed Forces Bowl.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012), started all 12 games and led the team with four interceptions.  Tied for third on the team with 74 tackles and added two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a hurry.  Equaled the school record with two interception returns for touchdowns and set the 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.  Named FWAA Freshman All-American, second-team All-SBC.
•    Against McNeese State (8/30), turned in 11 tackles in first career game.
•    Against Florida Atlantic (9/8), had a forced fumble.
•    At Memphis (9/15), recorded his first career interception and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown.
•    Against North Texas (10/27), registered an interception and three tackles.
•    Against Troy (11/24), forced three turnovers in win 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.  Named the SBC Defensive Player of the Week and the College Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week.

AS A FRESHMAN (2011), redshirted.
•    Graduated in May 2015 with a degree in liberal studies.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, splits time between Nashville and Lithonia, Ga.
•    Attended M.L. King (Lithonia, Ga.), where as a senior he totaled 94 tackles, two interceptions, two blocked punts, and two fumble recoveries on defense.  On offense, he recorded 35 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns, as well as 245 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.  Also returned 12 kickoffs for 350 yards and a touchdown.
•    Voted Class AAAAA first-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Associated Press.  Earned all-region honors on offense and defense, while also garnering all-area and all-county accolades.
•    Also lettered in track as a high school athlete.
•    On Twitter: @KB20_Era
•    On Instagram: @kevinbyard20
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Martin”; (movie) “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Paid in Full”; (musician or band) Future; (food) Philadelphia cheesesteaks and hot wings; (childhood sports teams) Philadelphia 76ers; (athlete as a child) Allen Iverson; and (guilty pleasure) late-night snacks.
•    Born Kevin Leon Byard Jr. on Aug. 17, 1993 in Philadelphia, Pa.
 
PRO: The Titans selected Kevin Byard with the first pick of the third round in the 2016 NFL Draft.  The 5-foot-11-inch, 212-pound defender earned a reputation in college as a sideline-to-sideline, ball-hawking safety who plays with tremendous intelligence and effort.  In four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, he set the school’s all-time career interceptions record with a total of 19.  He started 46 of his 49 career games with the Blue Raiders.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
•    In 2015, Byard appeared in 12 games (limited to nine starts due to injuries) and posted 66 tackles and a team-high four interceptions.  He was named first-team All-Conference USA for the second consecutive season.
•    Against North Texas on Nov. 21, 2015, he set the Middle Tennessee State record with his 18th career interception.  He picked off another pass the following week to finish his career with 19 interceptions.
•    Against Troy on Nov. 24, 2012, he forced three total turnovers (two interceptions and a forced fumble), including a 77-yard, game-winning interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Byard says his football role models are Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins and Troy Polamalu.
•    He has aspirations to travel the world, and his bucket list includes setting foot on every continent.
•    He has three brothers and three sisters and is the second oldest of the group.  
•    Byard credits his mother, Artina Stanley, for much of his success.  Following a divorce when Byard was in ninth grade, his mother moved with the children from Philadelphia to Atlanta.  Although it was a financial struggle, Stanley worked long hours to make sure her children received what they needed.  Byard claims he and his older brother “had to grow up really fast” as they helped their mother with taking care of the younger kids in the family.
•    The Titans had an inside track in their scouting of Byard.  Titans general manager Jon Robinson received glowing reports on Byard from his friend and MTSU defensive coordinator Steve Ellis.  When Robinson was a linebackers coach at Nicholls State, Ellis was one of his pupils, and the two remained close through the years.  Additionally, Patrick Callaway, a newly-hired scouting assistant for the Titans, was Byard’s high school teammate.  

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Lithonia, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (64th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    During a four-year career at Middle Tennessee State, he appeared in 49 games and notched 46 starts at safety.  He set school records with 19 career interceptions, 377 interception return yards and four interception returns for touchdowns.  He finished sixth in MTSU history with 312 career tackles.  In 49 career games, he had a hand in 25 turnovers (19 interceptions, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery). Had 17 additional career passes defensed and five tackles for loss.  He was twice named first-team All-Conference USA.  

AS A SENIOR (2015), appeared in 12 games with nine starts as a permanent team captain.  Ranked fourth on the team with 66 tackles and led the squad with four interceptions and six additional pass breakups.  Ranked second among safeties with 718 snaps played.  Named first-team All-Conference USA for the second consecutive season.
•    At Alabama (9/12), shared team lead with eight tackles and added a tackle for loss and an interception against No. 2 Crimson Tide.  
•    Against Vanderbilt (10/3), tied the MTSU record with his 17th career interception.
•    Against Florida International (10/17), led squad with 10 tackles and a pass breakup.  
•    Against North Texas (11/21), became the school’s all-time leader with his 18th career interception.
•    At University of Texas at San Antonio (11/28), led team with eight tackles and added his 19th career interception.

AS A JUNIOR (2014), played and started all 12 games and led the team with six interceptions.  Ranked fourth on the team with 66 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and added four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.  Ranked seventh nationally and first in Conference USA in interceptions.  Played a team-high 980 snaps.  Named first-team All-Conference USA.
•    Against Savannah State (8/30), collected an interception.
•    At Minnesota (9/6), had seven stops and an interception.  
•    At Old Dominion (9/26), posted five tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception and a forced fumble at ODU to go with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown (first-ever punt return).  Voted the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week and the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Southern Miss (10/4), credited with five tackles, an interception, a pass breakup and his first career blocked kick on an extra point.
•    Against UAB (10/18), had seven tackles and an interception.  
•    At Florida International (11/15), led the team with eight tackles and added a forced fumble.
•    Against Florida Atlantic (11/22), set a career high with his sixth interception of the season.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2013), played and started all 13 games.  Registered a career-best 106 tackles to finish second on the team.  Led the team with five interceptions.  Also finished with an additional 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.  Voted honorable mention All-Conference USA.
•    At Florida Atlantic (9/21), made the game-saving interception in back of end zone to preserve an overtime victory.  
•    At BYU (9/27), had six tackles and an interception,  
•    Against East Carolina (10/5), registered 15 tackles and a fumble recovery.  
•    At North Texas (10/12), turned in a career-best 17 stops, including two tackles for loss.  Named the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Marshall (10/24), had eight tackles and an interception he returned 47 yards.  Named the TSWA Defensive Player of the Week.
•    Against Florida International (11/9), had a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown to go with a forced fumble and pass breakup.
•    At Southern Miss (11/23), 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 set a new school record.
•    Against Navy (12/30), led team with 14 stops in the Armed Forces Bowl.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012), started all 12 games and led the team with four interceptions.  Tied for third on the team with 74 tackles and added two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a hurry.  Equaled the school record with two interception returns for touchdowns and set the 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.  Named FWAA Freshman All-American, second-team All-SBC.
•    Against McNeese State (8/30), turned in 11 tackles in first career game.
•    Against Florida Atlantic (9/8), had a forced fumble.
•    At Memphis (9/15), recorded his first career interception and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown.
•    Against North Texas (10/27), registered an interception and three tackles.
•    Against Troy (11/24), forced three turnovers in win 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.  Named the SBC Defensive Player of the Week and the College Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week.

AS A FRESHMAN (2011), redshirted.
•    Graduated in May 2015 with a degree in liberal studies.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, splits time between Nashville and Lithonia, Ga.
•    Attended M.L. King (Lithonia, Ga.), where as a senior he totaled 94 tackles, two interceptions, two blocked punts, and two fumble recoveries on defense.  On offense, he recorded 35 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns, as well as 245 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.  Also returned 12 kickoffs for 350 yards and a touchdown.
•    Voted Class AAAAA first-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Associated Press.  Earned all-region honors on offense and defense, while also garnering all-area and all-county accolades.
•    Also lettered in track as a high school athlete.
•    On Twitter: @KB20_Era
•    On Instagram: @kevinbyard20
•    List of favorites: (TV show) “Martin”; (movie) “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Paid in Full”; (musician or band) Future; (food) Philadelphia cheesesteaks and hot wings; (childhood sports teams) Philadelphia 76ers; (athlete as a child) Allen Iverson; and (guilty pleasure) late-night snacks.
•    Born Kevin Leon Byard Jr. on Aug. 17, 1993 in Philadelphia, Pa.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 58 44 14 1.0 0 4 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2016 TEN 16 7 58 44 14 1.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 MIN L 16-25 5 5 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @DET W 16-15 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 OAK L 10-17 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @HOU L 20-27 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @MIA W 30-17 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 CLE W 28-26 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 IND L 26-34 -- 0 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 JAX W 36-22 6 4 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @SD L 35-43 10 5 5 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 GB W 47-25 7 7 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @IND L 17-24 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @CHI W 27-21 6 6 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 DEN W 13-10 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @KC W 19-17 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @JAX L 17-38 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 HOU W 24-17 3 2 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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