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Floyd Not Ready to Annouce for NFL

ATHENS - Georgia was certainly glad to have outside linebacker Leonard Floyd still around playing college football in overtime Saturday against Georgia Southern when he showed his NFL potential.

If it was his final plays in Sanford Stadium, which most expect, the fourth-year junior wasn’t ready to say Monday.

Floyd, named Monday as a finalist for the Butkus Award, said he will rely on his parents and what he called his “circle,” people he most trusts to make his decision after the Georgia Tech game.

“Probably that following week, we’ll start making that decision,” he said.

He said he definitely knew he was coming back a year ago when he was draft-eligible, something that came as a surprise to many.

“I wasn’t tired of being a college athlete,” he said Monday.

And now?

“I’ve still got the same mindset,” he said. “I definitely love Athens, the Classic City. I love it, but the decision has yet to be made.”

Floyd made a rare appearance Monday with the media because he said he’s “mostly wanted to focus on the season.”

Two days after one of his most impactful games at Georgia, Floyd was named one of five finalists for the Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker.

“It’s been a pretty good season, you know, coming off injury,” said Floyd who missed the bowl game last season and spring practice after shoulder surgery. “I feel like I’ve played pretty good thus far.”

Floyd, who played inside linebacker early in the season, leads Georgia with four and a half sacks, 11 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries and is tied for second with 67 tackles. He returned a fumble recovery 96 yards for a touchdown.

“I always enjoy coming off the edge because that’s why I came to Georgia to rush the passer,” he said. “I always feel good doing that.”

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Floyd set a career-high with 12 tackles in the 23-17 overtime win Saturday, making two and a half tackles for loss in overtime.

“Sometimes my job was to play the quarterback and I ended up running the pitch down,” Floyd said. “I used my length well.”

The other Butkus finalists are LSU’s Deion Jones, Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan, Alabama’s Reggie Ragland and Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith.

The Butkus Award winner is to be announced by Dec. 8.


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