Monday, July 25, 2011

2011 Countdown: #37 J.T. Floyd

J.T. Floyd (#12)
Name: J.T. Floyd
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 183 lbs.
High school: J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, SC
Position: Cornerback
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #12
Last year: I ranked Floyd #7, said he would start at cornerback, and projected 55 tackles and 2 interceptions.  He started 8 games at cornerback and finished with 66 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble.

It's hard to get mad at Floyd for his shortcomings.  Sometimes it's easy to get mad at players who waste their talent (examples include Boubacar Cissoko and Gabe Watson, for different reasons), but most of us knew from the get-go that a starting defensive backfield that included Floyd last season was going to be suspect.  And it was.  Michigan finished #112 in the country (out of 120 teams) in pass defense, giving up over 261 yards a game through the air.  Not all of it was Floyd's fault - a huge chunk of the blame goes to recruiting failures and poor coaching.  But Floyd just isn't quick enough or athletic enough to stay with high quality receivers.  It's typically not a good thing when your starting cornerback racks up 66 tackles . . . in the first eight games.  That tells me that receivers were catching a lot of balls in front of him.  Then he hurt his ankle and hasn't been allowed to have contact since.

The 2011 version of the defensive backfield has more depth.  Literally, not a single cornerback had starting experience going into 2010 (Troy Woolfolk was injured in the summer).  This year there are three corners who have started - Floyd, Woolfolk, and sophomore Courtney Avery.  I expect the latter two to win the starting jobs, which leaves Floyd to battle with incoming freshmen for the #3 corner job.  He's a solid backup to have on the team and can spell the starters if necessary, but unfortunately for him, he's just a little behind most of the other guys in athleticism.

Prediction: Backup cornerback


  1. Floyd's got a great attitude and seems to be a pretty vocal motivator, especially towards the younger guys. We need guys like him, even if they're not quite athletic enough to be solid starters.

  2. Didnt he change his number this year? I think i read that over at

  3. Word on the street is Countess is making some noise. Think he could be a viable #3 to battle JT Floyd?

    Also, are we planning on playing a lot of cover 1? If so, that translates to the increased likelihood of seeing a freshman CB on the field, yes?

  4. I think Floyd will start this year, they had him playing a lot safety last year that also kind of attributes to some of the takles. They also sent him on a lot of bilizes off the edge. It only seemed like guys were catching balls in front of him because they usually used him in a a 3 deep zone where the linebackers were not able to get underneath, and to the average football watcher it makes it look like the corner (Floyd) was not doing his job. Which you will notice no one got behind him, but a lot of it was the zones they were running and the fact they kept switching his position. I see him getting a little better than people expect hit to this year and hold off Avery.

  5. @ GregGoBlue 8:23 a.m.

    I do really like Countess. I would not be surprised if he pushes for the #3 corner position, but it might depend on the position. Floyd might be the #2 guy at Woolfolk's position, and Countess might be the #2 guy at Avery's position. So there might not be a clear "#3 corner" overall.

  6. @ Logan 4:20 p.m.

    Yes, it turns out Floyd switched to #18 in the offseason. This post was put up while I was out of town, so I didn't know about it a few weeks ago when I wrote it.