Our countdown of the top 10 Hokies from the 2017 season as voted by The Tech Lunch Pail continues at #9 with Reggie Floyd.
Reggie Floyd had the least non-special teams experience of any player on this list entering this season, but the talented starting rover slowly but steadily developed into a playmaker this season. While Floyd was solid in man coverage, he was very effective as a run defender and in zone coverage while his hustle and work ethic showed plenty of times on some big hits and on his game-saving tackle against Pittsburgh that led to the incredible fourth down stand.
Reggie Floyd finished the season with 72 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. Floyd was a turnover machine who was effective at forcing turnovers in a multitude of ways. The sophomore safety became more comfortable throughout the season and could be a guy to watch for a breakout season next year.
Floyd did not receive any All-ACC recognition but like the man who was tenth on this list, there’s also a case to be made that Floyd was snubbed from recognition.
Floyd’s physicality stood out plenty of times as Floyd had a highlight reel of clean, hard hits that could be used for teaching technique. Floyd’s physicality made him an ideal rover while he has the zone coverage ability and ball skills to be an effective cover safety even if he doesn’t have the skill set to be a free safety.
With Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson graduating and the possibility of Terrell Edmunds leaving as well, Floyd will be pushed into a leadership role in the Hokies’ secondary next season. However, the young safety appears more than capable of setting the type of “Hard Smart Tough” example that will set a great example for the younger defensive backs.
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