Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — J.T. Floyd — Cornerbacks — Wolverine’s Spring Football — GBMWolverine Evaluations
GBMWolverine Football Spring Evaluations: Position-by-Position — Player Profile.
GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of J.T. Floyd and GBMWolverine’s analysis concerning his progress this spring in our opinion.
Note: We will not evaluate every player on the team and with this position group (Cornerbacks) we will not evaluate #38 Al Backey. If you would like to chat about this player bring them up on the message board or send us an e-mail request.
Reminder: Also noted that we didn’t attend every practice and realize things happen during those fifteen practices, but our evaluations are based on what we seen first hand and in our opinion and not what we hear like just about every other site out there that relies on second, third hand information to make their evaluations of the players during the spring.
Losing from 2011 (Team #132) on scholarship: #17 Tony Anderson and #29 Troy Woolfolk.
Coming in for 2012 (Team #133) on scholarship: Terry Richardson.
Commit for 2013 (Team #134) on scholarship: Jourdan Lewis, Gareon Conley, and Channing Stribling.
Year: Red-shirt Senior
City/State: Greenville, South Carolina
High School: J.L. Mann
High School Coach: Mickey Crocker
J.T. Floyd’s practice time this spring was limited due to injury. As happens in circumstances like this with returning starters, the coaches having a good idea what Floyd brings to the team as a returned starter and could afford to back his practice time down allowing for recovery and providing a look at other players.
J. T. still provides a physical presence and exhibits a bit of a swagger at the cornerback position for Michigan. As a returning starter he will need to take on more of a leadership roll and increase his on-field effectiveness. The Michigan defense lost some very good football players on the defensive line.
Floyd is probably the second best in press coverage on the team and as stated above needs to provide leadership and better play. The entire defensive backfield is back and will need to step up with Michigan playing many young players on the defensive line.
J. T. will never provide great athletic ability or speed. But playing cornerback can be very instinctive, and throw in some good smarts plus an understanding of what the receivers are planning on doing and cornerbacks can make up for speed and ability.
Another thing J. T. should target as a clear goal is not biting on the double routes. We saw in the Ohio State game that he was very aggressive and needs to function more effectively in these types of situations. We did not see the offense working on double moves this spring, so it is not possible to judge his improvement on double moves.
This year he might have to defend a little longer downfield with the unknown of the defensive line. So this season will be a true test regarding how good J.T. Floyd cornerback play truly is.
Cornerback is a difficult position and teams need at the bare minimum two strong performers to hold up a defense. The only other option is put the quarterback on the ground before the ball is released.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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