Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Floyd's return should boost Gators line
By Edward Aschoff
In order to slow down Tennessee's high-flying passing game, Florida will have to get pressure into the Volunteers' backfield.
The Gators should get a major boost in that area with the return of sophomore defensive end Sharrif Floyd, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the first two games of the season.
Floyd moved outside from defensive tackle during preseason camp and was expected to add some more versatility on the outside through the first two games.
There has been a lot of hype thrown Floyd's way since his arrival, but Florida coach Will Muschamp said even more respect has been given to him.
"He's a really good player -- probably the most respected player in our locker room as far as how he handles himself on and off the field," Muschamp said during the SEC coaches call Wednesday. "He's just a great young man and a guy that brings a lot of passion, a lot of energy to the locker room, to our football team. On top of all that, he's a really good football player. God has blessed him."
In order for Floyd to be ruled eligible, he was instructed by the NCAA to repay $2,700 to a charity of his choosing through a payment plan. Muschamp said Floyd has taken care of his payment plan and is set to return Saturday.
Which charity did Floyd chose? Mushcamp isn't sure.
"I have no idea," he said. "It'll be a good one though."
Muschamp was also asked about backup linebacker Dee Finley's status after his arrest for driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest. Finley was originally charged with resisting an officer with violence (a third-degree felony), but that was reduced to resisting without violence, a misdemeanor.
Muschamp didn't say much about Finley's status, but said that he is handling the situation.
"We'll work through that, so that's where we are," he said.