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Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 2:58 p.m.

Ready or not, J.T. Floyd steps into role as Michigan football team's top cornerback

By Jeff Arnold


Sophomore cornerback J.T. Floyd became Michigan's most experienced defensive back when senior Troy Woolfolk was injured last week. ( file photo)

J.T. Floyd's football resume' doesn't scream ready-for-prime-time performer.

But the Michigan sophomore cornerback, who boasts two career starts and who wasn't exactly steady in a position he must now take ownership of, no longer has a choice.

He has to take over.

Floyd is now the Wolverines' most seasoned defensive back, forced to fill a role senior Troy Woolfolk was locked into until an injury put his season in jeopardy last week.

Woolfolk's injury was the latest in series of events - including J.T. Turner's decision to transfer and highly-touted recruit Demar Dorsey not being admitted to the university - that chipped away at the Wolverines' cornerback collection, slowly moving Floyd to the forefront.

The injury also forced Floyd to speed up his maturation process that defensive coordinator Greg Robinson and defensive backs coach Tony Gibson were just beginning to see.

"J.T. Floyd may have been the guy that made the biggest jump from last season to the end of spring ball in so many ways," Robinson said on Sunday. "There's nothing any different - he's just worked really hard.

"J.T. just has a way about him - he leads well and his work habits - he's just a harder worker than he was at this time last year."

Gibson concurs.

"He's done such a complete turnaround. You just take last year at this time, and he was just a guy really trying to work to the point that he’s at right now, and he’s done it."


J.T. Floyd made his first career start in a 26-20 overtime loss at Michigan State when he made four tackles. Floyd's only other start came in the season finale against Ohio State. ( file photo)

Floyd didn't have a choice. His two starts last season came eight weeks apart, but also came against Michigan's two biggest rivals. He made four tackles in his first career start against Michigan State, when, at times, he was uncertain and struggled to find his place. From that point on, he played sparingly - or not at all. He was often used only on special teams or in a fill-in role before again earning a starting spot in the season finale against Ohio State.

His first season produced mixed results, 17 tackles and one pass breakup. After being moved to cornerback from his natural safety position he played in high school, Floyd showed flashes of the player he could become.

"I got a chance to play a little bit and I got my feet wet," Floyd said. "Now, I know what to expect and how to prepare better, and I think I've got an overall better feel for the game now."

When Woolfolk's injury took Michigan's top cornerback away for a significant period of time, Floyd realized he would be ask to assume the role as the Wolverines' top corner. And Robinson said that Floyd showed signs of being better prepared for more responsibility long before Woolfolk's injury.

With Woolfolk gone, Floyd knows what opposing receiving corps may be thinking: No Troy Woolfolk, no problem. That only makes the chip on Floyd's shoulder bigger, inspiring him to keep working to prove people wrong.

"I can definitely see other teams looking at us, an inexperienced group and as a group that has a lot to prove," Floyd said. "But we've been working extremely hard, and I think we're up for the challenge. For me, personally, I'm just going to continue doing what I've been doing for a while now and let the chips fall where they may."

Jeff Arnold covers sports for and can be reached at (734) 623-2554 or by email at Follow him on Twitter @jeffreyparnold.


Macabre Sunset

Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 5:13 p.m.

A coach is not born with a playbook. Good coaches work with their talent and come up with new playbooks. It makes you wonder if Rodriguez's work in the past was original, or if he stole it from someone and doesn't know how to adapt. I'm not going to get into the who's the real fan urination match with Mitch - that personal stuff is the refuge of those who can't argue the facts. Carr was 5-7 against OSU and had a winning record against every other Big Ten team. I believe he was fired (given the opportunity to resign) for losing his last four against OSU. He had a record that stands up to anyone's in the country. He was 6-7 in bowl games. Considering that the idea of a bowl game is to match a team againsg another with similar strengths, and the fact that the Big Ten is always the road team at the Rose Bowl, I see nothing horrible about that. He was an elite coach who could hold his own against other elite coaches. Meanwhile, his successor has taken an elite program and made it mediocre. His bowl record here is 0-0, which means he has failed at a level we haven't seen in Ann Arbor since the days of Bump Elliott.


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 3:16 p.m.

Slowly, fast, whatever it doesn't change the fact he could have tailored his play book to his roster. Then once he recruited the players he wanted he could start utilizing his spread offense. Instead he went all-in and lost...badly. Now that he has had 3 years to recruit the talent on this roster doesn't seem better than what he inherited. We, the fans, have set the bar high (I hate you Marty Mornhinweg) because it is what we expect. We only expect the best because it is part of the tradition that has been built here. When people debated the best teams in college football, Michigan's name would always be brought up. When people discussed storied college football programs steep in tradition, they think Michigan. The bar was set high before RR or Carr or Moeller became head coaches here. RR had to of known what he was getting himself into. That's why I don't understand why he would try to completely overhaul the roster before he even had a chance to recruit his own players. Now he has tarnished his reputation and Michigan's by losing and NCAA allegations. If you want to talk about loyalty, that is only true if you respect the person and I have no respect for RR. There is too much controversy surrounding him and his program. He seems smug and stubborn and seems like couldn't give a rat about anyone else. But I will stand by Michigan through thick or thin. If I didn't, I would have packed away all of my Michigan gear and only pulled it out when they started winning again. I wouldn't spend my afternoons watching Michigan with family and friends. So I will not be silent while RR destroys this great football program!


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 1:45 p.m.

"... and now that it's taking time to transition people are up in arms about how terrible Coach Rodriguez is..." What you just said is what everyone else is saying but just the opposite. Good coaches can't expect an overnight radical transition from a pro style offense to a spread offense. Any competent college coach would slowly make the transition from the old offense to his offense utilizing the players strengths he was left with. But instead RR was so stubborn in thinking he could change the whole team overnight and still win that we are left with two consecutive losing seasons for the first time in over 40 years. "The vast majority of critics are not fans of U of M and they should announce their true allegiance." No, we expect EXCELLENCE from one of the most storied football programs in the country. Consecutive losing seasons and the lack of depth on both sides of the ball will, rightfully, make MICHGIAN FANS angry.


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 1:11 p.m.

Also, a good coach, like many have already stated, can adapt his play book to his personnel (Brian Kelly anyone?). So what if Ryan Mallet couldn't run and wasn't his recruit, a good coach would adapt the play book to his strengths rather than his weaknesses.


Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 1:04 p.m.

Calling another fan not a fan for criticizing the coach shows how immature some of you guys are. Blindly supporting a coach doesn't make you anymore of a fan than anyone else. If you guys want to criticize Carr for being mediocre then you certainly have to criticize RR for the same. Blindly supporting a sub-par coach is like WCF supporting Matt Millen. We all know how that turned out.

Eric Brown

Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 7:59 p.m.

I love reading all these posts. X supports Carr, dislikes RR. Y disliked Carr, blames him for leaving the cupboard bare for RR. Z is just happy UM having bad years. Classic. Yes, ye of short memories, Carr wasn't winning the games the fans, alum, boosters wanted to win and he got dropped. Whether it was overall record (not that good for UM standards), failure to win "the big games" (the record speaks for itself), or bowl game record (again...) Carr was gone. Enter RR. Yes, the players did not match his system and he has to recruit to his strenghts. Is he a bad coach? His results in the past say "No". My only question of his coaching ability is, "Given a limited amount of players tailored to your style of offense, why try to completely convert to that offense asap?" Use the talent you have, to the best of their abilities and find a way to win. Step outside your playbook and find ways of using the upper classmen you have to pave the way to more players that can/will be more applicable in your style of offense. But again, we get sentimental and want victories ASAP. We wanted something more wide open and fast. RR can/should post a winning record this year IF his defense can step up and make plays. Can the LB's fill gaps and play their responsibilities better this year? Can the in-experienced DB's step up and match speed and technique with more experienced receivers? Can the D-line put some pressure on the QB's and free up the oft-maligned LB's to actually fill their roles? If this defense does not step up and rise to the occasion, it won't matter what offense is run, they're going to get beat. Add to that an offense still looking for an identity and a kicking game yet to be revealed and it could be another long season. I expected RR to struggle for the first 3-4 yrs, but expected him to break.500 this year and the next. Now with self-imposed sanctions and possible further NCAA sanctions hampering recruiting, don't expect them to go 8-4 within next 2 yrs. And those loses are still going to be the "Big Games" that Carr was let go for. Give me a hammer and a wedge, I'm not going to try to saw down a tree, but I'll find a way to get it down if I need to. RR needs to figure that out for himself and take that next step up the coaching ladder, along with his players.

Wolverine Fan

Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 6:01 p.m.

There is so much negativity surrounding this program. Is there anyone optimistic about the season, and this team? Yes there is problems on the defense but the season is coming anyway. Hoping for the best, tired of being worried about things I can't control. Just go out and play hard guys! GO BLUE!

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 5:11 p.m.

The 3-3-5 is being touted as the usual base defense, the one they're working on the most. I think that's a mistake given the team's strengths. When you blitz out of a 3-3-5, you're sending a non pass-rushing specialist to do a specialist's work. And if it's picked up, you leave yourself open somewhere - especially since the inexperienced secondary is going to weakest on man skills. As for the personal stuff, I'm far more a Michigan fan than you. I root for the school, not for the coach who has brought us so much losing. I suspect that you guys are MSU fans who are greatly enjoying our new coach. Carr's record was excellent. Mediocre is not winning 43 Big Ten games before reaching 13 losses. Your boy would have to win every Big Ten game between now and 2015 to match that record. Mediocre is not 74-12 at home, career. Your boy would have to go 67-4 over the next ten years in the Big House to match that record. He won't. Fortunately, this will be his last season and we can get back to real Michigan football with a new coach next year.


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 1:01 p.m.

mitch.. to answer your question "why is he here" he is a hater pure and simple... he will twist and turn anything good or positive michigan might do to the negative or to meet is agenda. floyd does not have a lot of game experience but i think he will step-up and suprise some people this year... go blue...


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 10:06 a.m.

"Carr had top-ten recruiting classes every year of his tenure. He-who-cannot-be-named cannot say the same." Yet he still achieved mediocrity his last few seasons! Want a good laugh, look at Carr's stellar 2005 recruiting class--a class that should have offered critical team leadership for RR. Antonio Bass. Andre Criswell. Jason Forcier. Eugene Germany. Brandon Logan. James McKinney. Chris McLaurin. Chris Richards. Johnny Sears. Mister Simpson. Marques Slocum. That's half of his 2005 "top-ten" recruiting class that transferred, never showed up, or just stunk. And that doesn't even include the stud of the class, Kevin Grady, who was a complete bust under Lloyd's tutelage. Anyone who says the cupboard wasn't bare/bear is just looking to hate on RR. "It would be nice to see a senior Ryan Mallett lining up under center this year. He could well be the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft." Get over your Ryan Mallett fantasies. He was a brat that Lloyd (and teammates) didn't like and wanted off the team. He was transferring before RR was hired, though that decision certainly sealed the deal. The reality is that RR has struggled with frosh QBs, the most important position in his scheme. I'm looking forward to good things this year!


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 5:11 a.m.

The mgoblogites will really understand bare cupboards in '11 when you have a shiny new coach that walks into the aftermath of the Rodriguez debacle. Some of Carr's teams didn't live up to expectations, but at least there were expectations - and consistently high ones at that. Carr was a good coach who recruited well, did things right, and won a lot of games. In the words of Joni Mitchell, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."

3 And Out

Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 1:39 a.m.

its unfortunate that the blame Lloyd Carr he left the cupboard bare myth has been propagated by


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:57 p.m.

Jaxon5... Your Michigan history seems a little shaky... Michigan hasn't been dominate for quite some time, at least not to the point where teams like IU and ILL were seen as "Gimmie's." Three years ago LC lost to Appy St. Even in 06 they nearly lost to Ball St the week before OSU. In fact since 2000 Michigan has only beaten 7 Big Ten opponents by more than three TD's. The days of Michigan dominating the conference have long since past and that's why people grew tired of LC, everyone wanted to take the next step and it wasn't happening with him. RR may not be the answer, but it's obvious that the program had been slipping for quite some time, minus a few spikes of glory here and there. I hope RR can get it done... if not, I have no problem seeing him go.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:39 p.m.

Ghost boy... Where as Michigan is "thin" at DB, they do have plenty of bodies at safety, inexperienced, but bodies non the less. And since they have been compromised through the air the last couple years it makes sense to use a fifth man whether a safety or DB. What's the alternative? Even with BG getting double-teamed last year, the 4-3 was continuously shredded underneath. Now that has a lot to do with slow LB's not filling the proper gaps, and a lot of poor tackling... But where was the secondary help? Maybe a fifth man with good speed crashing the play down hill isn't such a bad idea once the the other safeties and DB's are run out of the play by the TE, SE...? I'll take the fifth back at this point. But in a perfect world I'd play man on the outside, press at the LOS and send my FS after the QB.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:25 p.m.

M44... People aren't being negative, they're being realistic. The point is Michigan is not better than Indiana and Illinois. That's the whole thing right there in a nutshell. These are not "gimme" games, IU and UI. So, when you say Mich should win 4 Big 10 games - that is a huge stretch. It would have been fair to say 3 years ago. The last 2 years have changed everything. It's a different world now. Now, it's really a crap shoot. And, to say they will one of the big four conference games is an even longer stretch. Mich is simply not competitive with these teams. Sure Mich could win, but only if the other team has an extremely bad day. Don't count on it. Welcome to the new reality in which Mich is subpar to mediocre. Let's adjust our expectations downward and we will be surprised when Mich wins an unexpected game or two. We will derive satisfaction from seeing Mich finally reach.500 in the Big 10, but it's not likely to be this season. It could be, but it's not likely.

Macabre Sunset

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:18 p.m.

Well, the 3-3-5 is not-so-much used with teams that need help in the secondary. It is used when teams are anticipating a lot of passing. The problem here is that invites the running game (Wisconsin will giggle a little when it visits in November and racks up 300 on the ground) and that it requires considerable depth in the secondary, which is exactly what Michigan does not have. So I question whether a sentient coach would go to the 3-3-5 in the Big Ten, especially when he doesn't have the personnel to fill it. Some say we have "a chance" to be as good as 8-4 this season. While I hope they're right, I think 4-8 is a more likely result. But Carr was allegedly fired because 9-4 wasn't good enough. While he only had one season with more than five losses (2005, 7-5), he did lose four in four different seasons. That was upsetting. Now, we're 8-16 under he-who-cannot-be-named. And 3-13 in the Big Ten. It took Carr seven years to lose his 13th Big Ten game, and by then he had won 43.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:14 p.m.

Great 5 players with no experience. Would it not make sense to run a ball control offense if your defense is weak? RR runs a hurry up offense with a bad defense...brilliant coaching.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:05 p.m.

Ghost boy... If your secondary is the defensive weak point and it lacks the talent to play man coverage... doesn't it make sense to add a fifth man? Go ahead, take your time, I know you're dead and all.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 8:16 p.m.

Someone said Mallet would have left even if Carr would've stayed. That person is wrong. Michigan was a prostyle team, they should've stuck with what was working. No coach can build a team with all the drama constantely distracting the team and steering the recruits away.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 8:13 p.m.

Yelmonian... "UM is not that relevant after RR. hahahaha!" Oh, I get it... you comment on every Michigan article because they're irrelevant. That makes sense. Smart use of your time. Go Blue!


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 8:03 p.m.

It is so frustrating reading comments on here, but I can't stop. It is frustrating because everything is so negative. Now should be the time where "everybody has a chance" to win. Look at the schedule--honestly, the Wolverines need to win one of the first two (UConn and ND), and one out of the big four of PSU, Wisc, Iowa, and OSU. Everybody else on the schedule should be beaten. That leaves them at 8-4. I fail to believe that Indiana and Illinois are better than Michigan. With every new system, it takes time to adjust and win. Year number three after such a huge change of personnel and ideas will be very interesting. Lets back the players, coaches, etc no matter what. Lets get back on track! Also, something else that has bothered me for the last three years. Please DO NOT sell your Ohio State tickets next year. That was embarrassing to have an O-H-I-O in the Big House. It shouldn't matter how good or bad, how much you can get for the ticket, DO NOT sell your ticket for OSU!


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 8 p.m.

So now, RR has got people so bought in to the concept of not taking responsibility that we're not even suppposed to credit him (RR) with his actual won-loss record??? YHGTBFKM!! Comedy Gold!!


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 7:40 p.m.

Who made RR change systems?

Macabre Sunset

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 7:36 p.m.

Might as well make an agreement to stop calling the grass purple as long as I call the sky blue. Good coaches can coach regardless of the talent. He-who-cannot-be-named has one tiny offensive playbook, and ignores the defense entirely. That's not coaching, that's implementing (badly) one scheme that cannot work in the Big Ten. For 40 years, it's been unacceptable to have a Michigan team that would be "fortunate" to be in the middle of the pack. Michigan teams win Big Ten titles and are always in contention. That's why Carr could consistently bring in the top recruits. His successor is already failing at recruiting, because of the tarnish he has brought to the program.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 6:59 p.m.

A recent issue of either ESPN or Sporting News or one of those other magazines recently posted their preseason football issue. They gave UM a fair chance of landing in the middle of the B10. Without all the knowledge that most have of UM and it's players this year, I felt that was generous. I'm probably just going to be wrong, so don't bash me for that prediction. I'll gladly wait to see UConn before I really commit an opinion as to where I think they'll really end up. The interesting thing about the article was the poll that was taken by all the team players in the conference. It offered an assortment of views of whom might be the best player in the conference, etc. The most telling question, though, was which coach would you least like to play for. The majority indicated RR. Now the reasons for picking their answers weren't given. So it could have been personality, chance of winning with that particular coach, or maybe even how hard the coach drives the players. Whatever the reason, I have to feel it probably wasn't due to something positive. The constant argument about RR and his abilities will soon be resolved one way or another. It's so close to opening day, that these arguments are kinda useless. His choices of player placement will answer a lot about his ability to adapt to what is now in his cupboard, his ability to coach players up, and on and on, so I just wait to see how they do. At best, his third year should produce at least three-year players that are experienced in his style of game plan. At worst, he'll have plenty of excuses and tears and should start negotiating his secret departure from UM. Either way, I look forward to the game against UConn because that game will tell a lot very quickly. They're a very good team and it'll provide a nice yardstick to measure UM. There will be no reason I can think of to ever bring up the past two years, as RR will prove it takes three years to build his team or prove he couldn't teach a bear to crap in the woods.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 6:35 p.m.

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Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 6:20 p.m.

My fascination with UM... And to think I brought the quote over from a MSU site from the infatuated UM fans. I think my point was well made. When Craig James is now able to take shots at UM... you know things are going down hill. His take on the OSU-UM rivalry. Why is everyone making a big deal of it... UM is not that relevant after RR. hahahaha!


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 5:45 p.m.

Yelmonian... Your fascination with Michigan never disappoints! Too bad your opinions often do.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 5:11 p.m.

We are in big trouble with the secondary...because you know that injuries will happen, and then what? We have nobody left. The key to having any chance is our D Line sterpping up and putting pressure on the QB with 3 guys. Otherwise, get ready for some fireworks. Agh...I'm looking forward to football season, but I suspect I will be pounding the TV by week 4.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 5:01 p.m.

I'm loving it. Now people are trying to decide if JT is good enough on this site... still arguing about the cupboards being empty (skipped that spelling snafu altogether)... Meanwhile on the Spartan sites... where I start my day... Wolverine fans are drooling in jealousy of MSU players... and I quote "Gholston is biding his time until RR is out of AA before transferring to play for MICHIGAN WOLVERINES." Hahaha! UM wants MSU players now, and are questioning their own. This is a beautiful day in America!

3 And Out

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:59 p.m.

PS I guarantee that if/when Coach Harbaugh comes in for 011 he will take what is there from the spread system, convert it and immediately win with his more pro style and traditional approach. Guaranteed. Good coaches do that. Tressel won the NC in his 2nd did Saban, Meyer etc etc... good coaches adapt to what was left behind and win.

3 And Out

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:57 p.m.

Lloyd Carr said in a recent interview that he came back for his last year in a large part to develop the talented Mallet, because in his words "he wanted to leave the program in a good position" which he did. Anything that happened after he left and RR was tragically hired is not Lloyd Carr's fault.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:53 p.m.

Floyd will see plenty of activity as will everyone in defensive backfield. As for the cupboard being bare, get off it so what that 2 players like Mallet and Boren will most likely be All-Americans this year and Rich Rods 3 star recruits haven't stepped up yet. It will always be Lloyds fault in the eyes of Rich Rod apologist just like all wrong in the US is Bush's..................yeah RIGHT!!!


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:48 p.m.

Whole heartedly agree with the other 'Don't believe it!' fans here. Lloyd did not leave the cupboard bare. What coach's system is so inflexible (and for that matter what coach?) that you can only have certain players make his program work? Michigan had recruited tremendous athletes in top-notch classes (check rivals or scout). Adapt to the strengths of the players at hand! I am thinking RRod just isn't a good coach.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:43 p.m.

"You people have to let the Mallet issue go. He was gone if Carr stayed." I don't know exactly how he would have "been gone" if Carr stayed, don't quite get/believe that. Buyt I agree with the letting it go. Of course it doesn't come up till some people with a very distorted view of reality come up with "Carr left the cupboard bare." Or to phrase it another way; "They started it!"


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:40 p.m.

You people have to let the Mallet issue go. He was gone if Carr stayed. He was slow like Navarre and with our porous line he would have been 2003 - 2004 all over again. Sack after sack. Yes Carr had some great recruiting classes that underachieved almost every year. I am not a RR fan for sure but I will say this his teams at WV would have pounded us the last 6 years. If he does not turn this around this year he will be gone and on to the next Coach that will have a team in disarray yet again.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:37 p.m.

He didn't leave the cupboard bare, or bear, or even bayer. Or I guess players transfering to other schools is leaving the cupboard bare?

3 And Out

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 4:29 p.m.

JT Floyd is a great kid, good athelete and tackler....better suited for strong safety than CB... a step slow and it will show. As far as anyone who accuses Lloyd Carr of "leaving the cupboard bare" well we have gone down this road before havent we? Yet the stats and truth do not back up your weak arguments. To reiterate: Lloyd Carr left a returning QB with starting experience who is now a Heisman candidate. 4 Returning OL. Returning TE. 2 Backs with lots of game experience. 2 starting WRs. Defensively 7 returning starters including several who are now starting on NFL rosters. Starting punter too... a 40 year pipeline of excellence and wins If you think that is leaving the cupboard bare...then you are crazy. Period. Get a life and stop blaming Lloyd Carr for this current mess. Go Blue!

Macabre Sunset

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 3:51 p.m.

Carr had top-ten recruiting classes every year of his tenure. He-who-cannot-be-named cannot say the same. It would be nice to see a senior Ryan Mallett lining up under center this year. He could well be the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 3:47 p.m.

I would not say Mallet and Boren were "bare".......... Excuses excuses excuses

Macabre Sunset

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 2:33 p.m.

This is comforting. He even lost a Spartan tackle on his way from the story to the photo caption. I hate the thought of Big Ten quarterbacks looking forward to seeing the Maize-and-Blue, but that's where we are right now. The conference is loaded at this position, and he-who-cannot-be-named has left us with Floyd as his most experienced corner.