MADISON - Freshman cornerback Terrance Floyd claims he's one of the strongest, if not the strongest, player in the entire secondary. Having had a full redshirt season to gain strides in the weight room, Floyd is now focused on making his impression on the field.
BadgerBlitz.com had an opportunity to chat with Floyd earlier this week. The following is a question and answer with the Florida native.
Well, season one is nearly in the books. How did it go in general?
Floyd: It went pretty well. I was on the scout team all year, but I came out every day and gave the best look I could to the ones and twos. It went pretty well.
I've asked these other guys, too. When you're on scout team all year is it hard to show the coaches how you're progression when you're always simulating what somebody else does? How do you make it known to the coaches that you're improving on what you're good at?
Floyd: On scout team you don't really get to play in front of your position coach. Those few periods or opportunities that you have to play in front of them you have to make them your best. That's what I try to do.
When you look at a guy like Antonio Fenelus playing the same position as you, do you try to learn as much as you can the one year you're with them?
Floyd: Yeah, definitely. If there's anything I don't understand - - and it's not just Antonio, but all the older guys - - I try to learn as much as I can from all of them. Anytime I have a question I'll ask the closest guy to me to see what's going on.
Do you guys have a pretty good relationship as far as the cornerback position is concerned in general?
Floyd: Yeah, when I first got here all the defensive backs went out bowling. We tried to get together every now and then to just get that bond.
So who's the best bowler of the group? You don't have to be modest. If it's you, you can go ahead and say it.
Floyd: We went out bowling and the loser had to do 100 pushups. I was pretty good the first round.
You did them at the bowling alley? That's hard. Those lanes are slicked up pretty good. Your hands are going to be slipping around.
Floyd: The second round I had to do a few pushups, but no worries.
Obviously you guys aren't doing a ton of developmental stuff right now as you're entrenched in Oregon prep. But when you get that chance is that an opportunity to gain momentum going into spring ball, when the depth chart movement is definitely available?
Floyd: Like I said before, you don't do what your defense does. You do other team's defenses. When you get the chance to run Wisconsin plays you just make the best of it.
How are you doing in the weight room?
Floyd: In the weight room I'm one of the strongest freshmen defensive backs. I just go in there and work with coach Ben Herbert as much as I can and get as strong as I can.
Now that you've been through a full season what's been the one thing about college football that you didn't expect and that you've gone through?
Floyd: Probably camp. You know, the guys say camp is real hard. It kind of just goes in one ear and out the other until you experience it. Once you experience it you realize camp is hard.
At what point? When you start doing two-a-days?
Floyd: Yeah, two-a-days are draining. You go out for an hour or two and then you get an hour break and you come back and you're working right back at it. It's draining, but it's awesome for you.
Do you feel like you have a pretty good grasp on the playbook?
Floyd: Somewhat. I try to get up and watch film whenever I can. I try to grab an older guy so he can explain to me what's going on. The playbook? I try to learn as much as I can. As a scout guy I have to learn the other teams defenses, too.
I know your primary focus is Oregon right now, but when that game is over is that really going to be a chance for you to improve, learn that playbook and get mental reps before spring camp kicks in?
Floyd: Definitely. Just like I said, you're going to be as good as you make yourself. Nobody can make you go up there and watch film. If your coach makes you go up there and watch film you're just in the wrong place. You should want to have to get better yourself.
You talked about being one of the strongest freshmen, what are some of the numbers as far as the weight room goes, if you don't mind sharing?
Floyd: I think right now I have the highest squat of all freshman, including lineman, linebackers and skill positions. I squatted 515 pounds and I probably could have done a few more pounds than that. It's just a few things out there that I did. I did 305 pounds in the bench, but there are some pretty strong freshmen with the bench.
What's your current weight right now?
Floyd: 205 pounds.
Do you feel comfortable at that weight or are you trying to get up to that 210 or 215 range?
Floyd: I'm probably trying to get to 200, actually. But I'm good right here.
How much have you put on since you got into the program this summer?
Floyd: I've put on probably 20 or 23 pounds.
Could you imagine that seven months ago when you got here?
Floyd: Definitely not. When they were recruiting me they were saying that you're going to be eating a lot of food and that they were going to feed us. You're going to put on the weight. I didn't expect to put on 20 or 23 pounds (laughing).