Floyd at Home at DT

The circumstances are not what he wanted, but Sharrif Floyd is one happy camper about being back inside and playing defensive tackle for the Florida Gators. We have heard from head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn that Floyd is a natural inside player, but depth issues and talent issues on the line warranted him playing outside. An injury to a teammate changed all of that.

Sharrif Floyd made huge strides on the outside for the Florida Gators this year. At 290 pounds, Floyd is a big defensive end, but his quickness and intelligence allowed him to play the position effectively and get much better at a spot that he had never played before.

Because of an injury to teammate and defensive tackle Dominique Easley Floyd was moved inside during the FSU game and will start there in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl against Ohio State in Jacksonville. Floyd will get to play alongside Easley inside a year from now and wishes he was still here for the bowl game.

"It is a loss," Floyd said. "It definitely hurts us on the d-line with numbers, but more than that we are just hoping he gets back and good for next year and praying for his wellbeing."

As for the move, he is ready to get on with it and it is something he knows that will continue through next season.

"I am more comfortable and I can't be more excited," he said. "Three-technique is definitely my position from now until I am done. Since I have been playing over the last eight or nine years I have been at defensive tackle, so I know it and all the blocks and what is coming after me. There is no thinking just going, there is no need to be patient at defensive tackle."

Floyd likes playing inside because it is where all the action is.

"It is a lot more fun," he said. "You can't run away. You have to deal with it. At defensive end, if you are making plays, they can run away from you. It makes it frustrating."

A team player first, there were times when playing out of position got to Floyd.

"As I started to progress at defensive end and started to notice teams running away, it was frustrating in the beginning, and I started to talk to the coaches about it and they said to just hang in there. So, I did what was best for the team and came out as one of the leaders in tackles with four or five others," he said.

In the end, the one year hiatus from an inside position should pay dividends for him down the road.

"I think it was good on my part, because it shows I can do more than what I am here for," he said. "It shows that I will do what is best for my team and good for my resume."

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