QB Floyd shows 'coolness' in surprising USF debut
TAMPA -- Matt Floyd has only been on USF's campus for three months, so it's all the more surprising that the freshman quarterback was the breakout star of Saturday's spring game at Raymond James Stadium, coolly throwing for 233 yards and a touchdown, much against the Bulls' No. 1 defense.
"All my friends back home are getting ready for prom, getting their last-minute ACTs in to get into college," said Floyd, who graduated early from Milton High in December. "It was a good thing for me to come in, get with the team and in with the team chemistry. We're all one here. It was good to for me to learn the offense, compete with Bobby (Eveld) and B.J. (Daniels) and make them better while making me better at the same time. Overall, it's been a lot of fun. I love it, and I'm so glad I came in early."
Floyd completed 20 of 34 passes, including a 70-yard touchdown to receiver Derrick Hopkins. He stepped in earlier than expected when sophomore Bobby Eveld took a shot to the jaw on the scrimmage's first play, and calmly went 6-for-7 for 75 yards on that opening drive, which ended when receiver Victor Marc fumbled into the end zone.
"I feel like I played well, but I couldn't have done any of it without the line blocking for me and the running backs running the ball hard," said Floyd, who turned 18 on March 25.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch liked the poise he saw in his young quarterback, who had been through just 10 practices with the Bulls before taking the field Saturday.
"I thought he had great vision," Fitch said. "He missed one or two things, but his vision and his composure -- there were a couple of times where a guy was turned loose and he just drifted a little bit to the right and got it out. I was really impressed with him. He's not comfortable yet being 'the guy,' and I want him to be more demonstrative, more a leader-type guy. But I liked his coolness. I thought he did a really nice job of seeing people on the field. There were a couple of scramble plays where he kept his eyes up and found some guys. That was impressive to me, especially at the age he's at, coming out of high school."