Floyd capitalizes on opportunity

In a game where the ASU defense held down the powerful USC offense for all but one play of the game, sophomore safety Clint Floyd played a large role. After starting two games last year, Floyd has had to earn again his playing time this year and has done a good job when called upon.

"It was tough," Floyd said of being a reserve for most of the season. "I was just waiting my turn basically. When my turn came around I knew I would take advantage of it. My time came and that's what I did, take advantage of it."

Floyd made the most of his opportunity last week against USC and helped the Sun Devil defense keep USC's high-powered offense to only a single touchdown. Still, the Sun Devil offense couldn't do enough to produce a ‘W' and ASU left the field after another disappointing loss.

"It's very frustrating because we gave them seven points, and if the interception doesn't go back we would've been 9-7 and would've won," Floyd pointed out. "We really don't think about that, we try to be a team and all, and we just try to help out offense any way we can."

A graduate of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Floyd was familiar with many players from USC who he played with and against in the LA area, and admits it was a fun experience.

"I haven't seen them in a long time since I've been out here," Floyd remarked. "I haven't been home in a while. It was pretty good seeing those guys. I didn't get to see Stafon Johnson. I played with him, he went to my rival school, he played at Dorsey. When we go back to home to play UCLA it'll be better because most of my old teammates will be there."

The defense has started slow at times this year, but against USC they came out fast, and kept the pressure on all game, something they must do this week against Oregon and their monster ground-attack, which just got a huge boost with the return of LeGarrette Blount.

"If we start strong we want to finish strong, that's how it always is," Floyd stated. "Basically they run a lot. They pass sometimes, but basically the like to run, and do a lot of option, so they're good with that."

Playing a role in that running attack, but posing a threat with his arm as well is Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli who has been making a name for himself with his performances this season. When asked how a safety approaches a player like Masoli, Floyd says he'll just make the plays as they come.

"Basically, I'm just going to read," Floyd mentioned. "I'm going to think about the pass first, that's what us safeties do, look pass first, then run, so when it comes I have to make a tackle."

Oregon is the top team in the Pac-10 with a 7-2 record and a 5-1 record in conference play. As of now the Pac-10 championship is theirs to lose as long as they take care of business and win out. Oregon leads the Pac-10 in scoring, rushing offense, and pass defense and poses the toughest test for the Sun Devils this season.

Another aspect of the game in Oregon's favor is the crowd at Autzen Stadium, which figures, as always, to force the opposing offense into silent counts from the noise. It's an environment that any visiting team would struggle in, but Floyd says no matter where you are; you have to roll with the punches.

"Right now were just going to play," Floyd declared. "We're not going to worry about what's in the stands, we're just gonna do what we do best and play on the field."

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