Irish WR Miles Boykin going through growing pains

SOUTH BEND (WNDU) - Irish Wide receiver Miles Boykin has had a roller coaster year so far to say the least.

In the first game of the season, finished with one catch for 28 yards.

Against Ball State, he blew up. The wide out tallied six receptions for a total of 119 yards.

Last weekend against Vanderbilt, Boykin, again, finished with only one reception.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly admits that the coaching staff has put a lot of pressure on Boykin this season, especially for a player who only had 12 receptions a season ago.

Kelly says its a process to develop Boykin into the player we saw in the bowl game since he hasn't played a lot of snaps for the last few years.

"He didn't play a lot of football last year," Kelly said. "So we've heaped a lot on him this year, and I think the amount of scrutiny has put him in a position where he feels like he needs to be perfect. And that's not what we're after with him. We just need him to continue to grow each week. And I think you saw a little bit of that frustration this past weekend. And so we really just gotta get him back to the basics and doing the things that he's really good at, and that's just the learning process. So we're going through it a little bit. But I got a lot of confidence in Miles. He'll be fine."

And of course the next time, Miles Boykin and the Irish take the field will be this Saturday at Noon against Wake Forest. It'll be Notre Dame's first road game of the season.