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Boyd making case for NFL playing time

Cory Boyd
Cory Boyd

Former Gamecock Cory Boyd still doesn't know how much he'll play this weekend for the Denver Broncos, but he does know what number he'll wear.

Boyd, a rookie out of South Carolina, has chosen to don No. 30, just like former Broncos great Terrell Davis.

"Thirty is an honor to wear," Boyd said. "I'm not saying I'm the next Terrell Davis, but I'll try to follow in his footsteps the best way possible. I'm going to wear his number in pride."

The Broncos have gone through a bevy of backs this season, with rookie Peyton Hillis becoming the latest to get hurt, tearing his right hamstring against Kansas City.

That leaves three healthy backs — Tatum Bell, P.J. Pope and Cory Boyd, who was promoted from the practice squad Tuesday. Previously injured Selvin Young also is in the mix.

None of them knows who will be starting Sunday at Carolina.

"We're all in there competing. It makes you work harder in practice," Bell said. "Whoever the guy is, the rest of the guys will be over there supporting him."

The Denver Post reported that Boyd got much of the action in practice Wednesday but mostly stood and watched the others Thursday.