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Matt Floyd: Off-field iron man

After losing starting role, sophomore quarterback Floyd continues involvement on and off field

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 12:12

Still, he leads.

More recently, Floyd became a founding member and president of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) at USF.

As president, just as he’s done by helping his teammates individually at practice, Floyd takes that with him into the organizations he’s a part of, Elyse Warren, a senior majoring in international studies and history, said.

“He’ll find people who can seek out leadership positions, seek out their weaknesses and strengths and make sure to feed off of it,” she said. “He can see when someone is struggling and tries to target that to deal with it. He’s very personable.” 

 If the balancing act was getting to the student athlete, Warren, who has known Floyd for a year through Hillel and has helped him through rough patches in the founding of CUFI, said if it was getting to him, said you wouldn’t know. 

“He never shows his frustration,” Warren said. “You almost don’t see emotion, period. If he’s really happy about something you’ll know, but if it’s something bad, like issues with CUFI or any of the organizations, he wouldn’t show a single bad sentiment. He would just find a solution to the problem and solve it.” 

Floyd said there’s a time and place for everything, and the payoff is worth it. 

“Balancing is a tough act, but football has its time with meetings and film,” he said. “Then there’s class on top of that, but doing organizations … they’re just fun to be a part of. It really allows you to be a part of something meaningful outside of football.”

Meeting people last year through extracurricular activities formed a snowball effect, he said.

That snowball soon avalanched and has helped Floyd to be nominated for the 2013 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award, a trophy given to a Florida or South Carolina native who has impacted the lives of others through community service. 

As a finalist for the award, Floyd said he is more than pleased.

“When I found out I was nominated for it, it was a big surprise. I wasn’t expecting it at all,” he said. “It’s a really great honor to be a finalist. Even if I don’t win, being associated with Freddie Solomon is a great thing.”

Heading into the offseason, Floyd said he’s excited to have more time to dedicate to an organization he founded in CUFI to see it “take off,” but that isn’t to say his focus has strayed from football. 

He, like other players and coaches, admitted the season didn’t go as planned. He admitted that his season personally hasn’t gone exactly as planned when he got pulled against McNeese State.

If he had the chance, he said, he wouldn’t change a thing. Where the Bulls are now, heading into a winter break, Floyd expects a new team — a better one — in 2014.

“Obviously, I was excited for the first game, and it didn’t turn out like I or anyone else wanted to, but I think it worked out best for the team,” he said. “Despite it all, I wouldn’t change any of it because we grew a lot. Despite all the downfalls, we’ve become a better team, and it’s going to show in the spring and the offseason with how hard we work. I think you’re going to see a completely different team record wise next year.”

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