Coming into last season, linebacker Leonard Floyd was expected to make an impact, but he quickly became a fan favorite for the Georgia Bulldogs. The sophomore finished his freshman season with 55 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and led the team in sacks with 6.5. Floyd was voted to the SEC All-Freshman team, and by the end of the season, he was the top player on the Bulldogs’ defense.
Bulldog fans should be excited after seeing Floyd’s performance in the spring game, because the sophomore looked bigger, faster and stronger than he did last season. Expect Floyd to be the heart and soul of this year’s defense; not only does he have incredible athletic ability, but he plays with a high motor that coaches love. The quick linebacker may not put up incredible numbers, but he sure can be a game changer on the defensive side of the ball.
Floyd will be playing outside linebacker like he did for Todd Grantham last year, but he will also be playing with his hand in the dirt at the defensive end position under Jeremy Pruitt. Expect Floyd’s sack numbers to improve; Pruitt has him going after the quarterback more often than he did last season. If there is one player on the Bulldog’s defense who fits Pruitt’s defensive scheme perfectly, it would be Floyd.
The Bulldogs’ defensive front seven should be one of the best in the SEC, if not the country. With players like Floyd, Jordan Jenkins and Ray Drew on the field at the same time, it will be hard for offenses to game plan around the defense. Floyd’s play on the field is contagious to those around him. Expect him to be the leader of the defense in 2014.