Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Leonard Floyd informed head coach Mark Richt with both good and bad news over the past week. First, the good news is Floyd announced his intentions to return to school for his redshirt junior season instead of forgoing his final two years of eligibility. The bad news is the elite linebacker will miss the team’s Belk Bowl bout against Louisville with an injured shoulder.
During Wednesday’s Belk Bowl press conference, Richt informed the media he underwent surgery Tuesday to “clean up his shoulder.” Rick continued, “We wanted to give [Floyd] the maximum amount of time to be prepared for his senior year.”
All season long, Floyd has been a dominating presence on the Bulldogs’ defense and was subsequently voted the defensive most valuable player. In 2014, Floyd did a little bit of everything, recording six sacks, 55 tackles, 8.5 for a loss and three forced fumbles as well.
Entering the season, Floyd flew under most NFL scouts radars due to his lack of size, but the redshirt sophomore quickly turned heads with his performance and eventually became a household name. Still, Floyd frequently struggles playing against the run and another season could allow him to elevate his draft stock.
Floyd is one of four Bulldogs players that intend to return to school joining John Theus, Malcolm Mitchell, and Jordan Jenkins. Despite three losses in 2014 and the departure of Todd Gurley, Georgia should be a team to reckon with in 2015 as they bring back the nucleus of their nine-win team.
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