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"Up Close" with Willie Floyd


After missing the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, Willie Floyd is looking to come back and stay healthy for the Owls. The speedy redshirt-junior running back stands at 5’9” and 180 pounds, but that hasn’t prevented him from returning kicks as a change-of-pace runner out of the backfield. Floyd has rushed for a career 196 yards and returned 26 kicks for an 18.7 yard average. One of the fastest players on the Florida Atlantic roster, Floyd has big play potential every time he touches the ball.

Floyd recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Well I am Bahamian, so I would say Bahamian cuisine.

What is your pet peeve?

“Messy people, because I’m a germaphobe”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“My mom has six brothers, so I would have to say my uncles.”

What are you most proud of?

“My 2005 State Championship in football and Broward County Player of the Year.”

What is your major?

“Communications, I would love to be on ESPN and be an ESPN analyst.”

What is your Faith?

“I’m Episcopalian.”

Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“Speed and my quickness.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“Blocking. I’m not very big so I would have to say blocking.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“Location, it’s close to home. I like being able to go home when I want to.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“Team goal is getting a Sun Belt title and to knock off some of the supposedly big dogs in college football. Personal goals are to remain healthy, get in double figures in touchdowns, whether that’s returning kicks, catching passes or running the ball.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“USF, I can’t stand them. I didn’t get a chance to play them the first time and they just think there so good.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I love to play video games and watch movies. I love Madden and Fight Night.”


Coming up, our next player models their game after two different NFL stars, Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Gates.