Coaches

Brant Boyer
Asst. Special Teams Coach
College:
Arizona
Hometown:
Henefer, UT
Experience:
4

Brant Boyer enters his fourth season as the assistant special teams coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Last season, Boyer helped coach two Associated Press First Team NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections in punter Pat McAfee and kicker Adam Vinatieri. McAfee converted a career-high three onside kicks and set single-season franchise records for punts pinned inside the 20-yard line (30), net punting average (42.8) and kickoff touchbacks (70). Vinatieri made 30-of-31 field goals and at one point made 35 consecutive attempts, which was the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. In addition, he scored the third-highest single-season point total (140) in team history. The Colts special teams unit held opponents to the third-lowest average punt return (5.9) in the NFL in 2014.

 

In 2013, Boyer coached long snapper Matt Overton who earned his first career Pro Bowl selection. The previous year at a specialists combine in Arizona, Boyer discovered Overton and brought him to Indianapolis for a workout prior to his signing in April of 2012. Boyer assisted Vinatieri, who set a career-high with 35 made field goals and recorded 139 points, the third-highest total of his career. He also tied a career-high with four field goals made from over 50 yards. McAfee set a then-franchise single-season record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line and also set the team single-game record with six such punts in a Week 7 victory against Denver. Boyer also helped coach Andy Studebaker, who recorded a career-high 18 special teams tackles, and Sergio Brown, who posted nine special teams stops. Brown was instrumental in downing seven of McAfee’s punts inside the 10-yard line, including six inside the five-yard line.

 

In 2012, the special teams unit compiled numerous accolades en route to an 11-5 campaign. Boyer guided McAfee, who set then-franchise single-season records for punting average (48.2), net punting average (40.3), 50-yard average games (five) and kickoff touchbacks (45). The special teams unit logged a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown, which marked the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since 2001 that the team accomplished the feat. Deji Karim returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown in Week 17 against Houston, which was the longest return in franchise history since 1973. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton handled the majority of the punt return duties and assisted in posting the team’s fourth-highest average (11.1) in franchise history. Hilton registered a 75-yard punt return in Week 12 against Buffalo, which tied for the second-longest return in franchise history. His 111 punt return yards in that game were the most by a Colts rookie in a single game.

 

Boyer joined the Colts after completing a 10-year playing career in the National Football League. He also served as a coaching intern with the New York Giants (2010) and Cleveland Browns (2009).

 

During his playing career, Boyer played linebacker and was a standout on special teams for the Miami Dolphins (1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-2000) and Cleveland Browns (2001-03). He served as a special teams captain for both the Jaguars and Browns and led the unit in tackles in 2002 and 2003. Boyer was a two-time member of the USA Today’s All-Joe Team, once as a linebacker and once as a special teams player. In 2002, his teammates selected him for the Cleveland Browns Unsung Hero Award.

 

Boyer played in 129 career games and totaled 250 tackles, 13.0 sacks, six interceptions, one forced fumble and 15 passes defensed. He originally entered the league as a sixth-round selection (177th overall) of the Miami Dolphins in the 1994 NFL Draft.

 

Before entering the NFL, Boyer starred as an inside linebacker at the University of Arizona, serving as a captain of the “Desert Swarm” defense and leading the team in tackles during his senior season. While at Arizona, Boyer helped lead the Wildcats to their first 10-win season in 90 years and a 29-0 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl.

 

Boyer and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Brayton and Braddock.

 

Coaching Career

2009                Cleveland Browns       Training Camp Coaching Intern

2010                New York Giants        Training Camp Coaching Intern

2012-2015       Indianapolis Colts        Assistant Special Teams Coach

Brant Boyer enters his fourth season as the assistant special teams coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Last season, Boyer helped coach two Associated Press First Team NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections in punter Pat McAfee and kicker Adam Vinatieri. McAfee converted a career-high three onside kicks and set single-season franchise records for punts pinned inside the 20-yard line (30), net punting average (42.8) and kickoff touchbacks (70). Vinatieri made 30-of-31 field goals and at one point made 35 consecutive attempts, which was the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. In addition, he scored the third-highest single-season point total (140) in team history. The Colts special teams unit held opponents to the third-lowest average punt return (5.9) in the NFL in 2014.

 

In 2013, Boyer coached long snapper Matt Overton who earned his first career Pro Bowl selection. The previous year at a specialists combine in Arizona, Boyer discovered Overton and brought him to Indianapolis for a workout prior to his signing in April of 2012. Boyer assisted Vinatieri, who set a career-high with 35 made field goals and recorded 139 points, the third-highest total of his career. He also tied a career-high with four field goals made from over 50 yards. McAfee set a then-franchise single-season record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line and also set the team single-game record with six such punts in a Week 7 victory against Denver. Boyer also helped coach Andy Studebaker, who recorded a career-high 18 special teams tackles, and Sergio Brown, who posted nine special teams stops. Brown was instrumental in downing seven of McAfee’s punts inside the 10-yard line, including six inside the five-yard line.

 

In 2012, the special teams unit compiled numerous accolades en route to an 11-5 campaign. Boyer guided McAfee, who set then-franchise single-season records for punting average (48.2), net punting average (40.3), 50-yard average games (five) and kickoff touchbacks (45). The special teams unit logged a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown, which marked the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since 2001 that the team accomplished the feat. Deji Karim returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown in Week 17 against Houston, which was the longest return in franchise history since 1973. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton handled the majority of the punt return duties and assisted in posting the team’s fourth-highest average (11.1) in franchise history. Hilton registered a 75-yard punt return in Week 12 against Buffalo, which tied for the second-longest return in franchise history. His 111 punt return yards in that game were the most by a Colts rookie in a single game.

 

Boyer joined the Colts after completing a 10-year playing career in the National Football League. He also served as a coaching intern with the New York Giants (2010) and Cleveland Browns (2009).

 

During his playing career, Boyer played linebacker and was a standout on special teams for the Miami Dolphins (1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-2000) and Cleveland Browns (2001-03). He served as a special teams captain for both the Jaguars and Browns and led the unit in tackles in 2002 and 2003. Boyer was a two-time member of the USA Today’s All-Joe Team, once as a linebacker and once as a special teams player. In 2002, his teammates selected him for the Cleveland Browns Unsung Hero Award.

 

Boyer played in 129 career games and totaled 250 tackles, 13.0 sacks, six interceptions, one forced fumble and 15 passes defensed. He originally entered the league as a sixth-round selection (177th overall) of the Miami Dolphins in the 1994 NFL Draft.

 

Before entering the NFL, Boyer starred as an inside linebacker at the University of Arizona, serving as a captain of the “Desert Swarm” defense and leading the team in tackles during his senior season. While at Arizona, Boyer helped lead the Wildcats to their first 10-win season in 90 years and a 29-0 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl.

 

Boyer and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Brayton and Braddock.

 

Coaching Career

2009                Cleveland Browns       Training Camp Coaching Intern

2010                New York Giants        Training Camp Coaching Intern

2012-2015       Indianapolis Colts        Assistant Special Teams Coach