My final thoughts on Matt Floyd at starter

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Football

So a few days ago, Greg Auman reported that Matt Floyd was named the starter for the first game of the 2013 season against McNeese State.  The redshirt sophomore proved himself to the coaches during the spring and fall and won’t have to look over his shoulder after each game.

The 6’1″ 202 lbs. redshirt sophomore out of Milton, FL was thrown into the fire last season when the team was spiraling down hill.  At the beginning of the year, Floyd was number two on the roster, but the coaches decide to go with Eveld when Daniels went down and were forced to go back to Floyd when Eveld went down.  Floyd played in 7 games, starting the last two last season, but he really had no chance.  He didn’t have a coaching staff that developed him or could help coach him out of a paper bag and his stats reflected it.  Floyd was 57/110 (51%) throwing for 466 yards and 5 interceptions.  It was ugly and it was clear Floyd was lost out there, all thanks to Skippy.

Now with the new coaching staff, Floyd is entering a new system, a system that should be perfect for this skill set.  We saw glimpses during the spring game when Floyd went 9 for 16 for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns, including big plays down the field. Floyd struggled at times with the snap, which was a concern, but it seems he has been able to put that behind him.  Floyd had a strong fall, showed he could make more plays than Eveld (although a few more mistakes) and got the nod from Coach T to start the season off.

I’ve liked Floyd since the day he enrolled on campus.  He think he has a very solid skill set, can move in the pocket, and has a nice arm (not the strongest, but good enough).  Last season, Skip and company set him a year back.  He should have gotten the job right after Daniels went down, but the coaching staff screwed up, messed with his mind and when he was the last man standing, didn’t even bother to adjust the offense to help him out and left him out to dry.  I think Floyd can get the job done, I truly do but I think it could take some time.  He has the skills and has a staff around him that trust him, support him, and will do it all to make him successful.  Will he throw for 3500 yards, no way and there will probably be growing pains along the way, but it will be part of the process of getting a new quarterback.

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Comments
  1. TisforTenacious says:

    Agreed. Hopefully he works out the kinks in week 1, exercises good ball control vs. the Spartans, then settles in by the 3rd week.

  2. mstaton says:

    He seems to be coming along really well and has separated himself from the others. I think he’ll have a solid season as long as he can handle snaps and gets help in the run game.

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