Big-play corner keeps making plays for U of L

University of Louisville junior cornerback Terrell Floyd continues to make big plays for the Cardinals' defense. Cardinal Authority talks with Floyd about his stellar season.

University of Louisville cornerback Terrell Floyd's biggest play of his career will always be the opening-play pick six against Florida in the AllState Sugar Bowl last season.

It will be hard for the junior to top that one.

But it's not like Floyd isn't trying. He's continued his playmaking ways once again this season, tied with Charles Gaines as the leaders in interceptions for U of L's defense with four.

"It all comes from doing the little things like coach (defensive coordinator Vance) Bedford said, knowing the spacing, and the routes," Floyd said. "That allows me to break on routes."

Floyd said he's been able to make more big plays this season because of the guys up front for the Cardinals, noting Marcus Smith and Lorenzo Mauldin are among the nations leaders in sacks.

"We got money Marcus and Lo-Zo coming off the edge," Floyd said,. "The opposing quarterback knows that he has to get the ball out quick and that makes it easier to sit on routes.

"It makes my job and the job of the secondary as a whole a lot easier knowing you have players like that on your defense.

Floyd, who had two picks against Connecticut, including one that he returned 17 yards, said he has become more of a vocal leader for the defense.

And he said that wasn't the easiest of things for him to improve on.

"I'm trying, it just something that I am not used to doing," Floyd said. "Coach Bedford wants me to become more of leader. It's just something that is new to me, just coaching the young guys up and showing them the correct way to do things. I'm learning."

The new leadership qualities have paid off with the improvement in the depth of the cornerbacks and also the improvement of the defense. U of L ranks third in scoring defense nationally.

"As the year has gone along we have become more of a family on defense," Floyd said. "I think now everybody knows what to do and knows their spots."

Floyd and the U of L defense get one more shot in the regular season to make some plays, meeting Cincinnati for the Keg of Nails on Thursday night in Nipper Stadium.

"(U of L coach Charlie) Strong and coach Bedford always tell us that we have to finish and in the past couple games we did not finish," Floyd said. "In the past couple games we got a lead and just kind of let our foot off the gas pedal. We allowed the opposing team to get back in the game.

"But we know as a team that we must finish in the future."

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