Leading up to the homecoming game vs. Illinois on Saturday (Oct. 13), cornerback J.T. Floyd discusses the defensive backfield's improvement, playing at home after nearly a month away, and, yes, his hair.
CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 13, twice (last vs. Michigan State, Oct. 9, 2010) Solos: 10, vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9, 2010) Asst: 6, at Indiana (Oct. 2, 2010) TFLs: 1, three times(last vs. Northwestern, Nov. 10, 2012) Sacks: None Int.: 1, three times (last at Illinois, Nov. 12, 2011) FR: None PBUs: 2, four times (last at Minnesota, Nov. 3, 2012)
At Michigan ... four-year varsity letterman ... appeared in 42 contests and started 34 games at cornerback ... surpassed 100 career tackles against Minnesota (Oct. 1, 2011) ... switched from #12 to #8 in between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Fifth-Year Senior (2012)... All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches, media) ... started 12 games at cornerback ... SOUTH CAROLINA (Jan. 1) ... suspended for violation of team rules ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 24) ... tallied five tackles ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 10) ... posted six tackles, including one TFL ... MINNESOTA (Nov. 3) ... notched six tackles with two pass breakups ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 20) ... recorded four tackles with one pass breakup ... ILLINOIS (Oct. 6) ... posted one tackle ... PURDUE (Oct. 6) ... recorded five tackles ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 22) ... tallied five tackles, including four solo stops ... AIR FORCE (Sept. 8) ... compiled seven tackles ... ALABAMA (Sept. 1) ... made four tackles.
Senior/Junior (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... earned third varsity letter ... All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches, media) ... appeared in all 13 games; 13 at cornerback, starting each of the final 12 games ... and 13 on special teams ... led the team with eight PBUs and shared the team lead with two interceptions ... VIRGINIA TECH (Jan. 3) ... made three tackles ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 26) ... tied season high with six tackles ... ILLINOIS (Nov. 12) ... posted four tackles, an interception and career-best-tying two PBUs ... returned third career interception for 43 yards, setting up a Michigan touchdown ... PURDUE (Oct. 29) ... tallied three tackles and matched career high with two PBUs ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 15) ... made four tackles and notched second career forced fumble ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 10) ... registered season-high six tackles, second career interception and one pass break up in his first start of the season ... earned interception on the Michigan goal line to prevent a Fighting Irish scoring chance in the second quarter.
Junior/Sophomore (2010) ... earned second varsity letter ... started eight games at cornerback ... sixth in Big Ten in tackles per game with 66 stops (8.3 avg.) ... also registered two tackles for loss, one interception, five pass breakups and one forced fumble ... made start at cornerback vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4), recording a career-high six stops and forced a fumble that thwarted a Huskies' drive inside the Michigan five-yard line ... had five tackles and his first career interception in start at cornerback against Notre Dame (Sept. 11) ... made eight tackles in start at cornerback vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18) ... tallied three solo tackles and broke up a pass in start vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... posted first double-digit tackle performance in start at Indiana (Oct. 2), recording 13 tackles, including his first career tackle for loss, and one PBU ... matched his career high with 13 tackles, including one for a three-yard loss, in start vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9) ... had third consecutive double-digit tackle performance in start vs. Iowa (Oct. 16), making a team-high 11 stops ... finished the game at Penn State (Oct. 30) with seven tackles and a career-high two pass breakups as a starting cornerback ... suffered a season-ending ankle injury in practice prior to the Illinois (Nov. 6) contest.
Sophomore/Freshman (2009) ... earned first varsity letter ... played in nine games and made two starts at cornerback ... contributed 17 tackles and one pass breakup ... made career debut at cornerback and on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5), making three solo tackles ... appeared at cornerback and on special teams vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) ... made the game-ending tackle to secure a victory against the Irish ... saw action at cornerback and on special teams vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... recorded a career-high four tackles at cornerback vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... made first career start at Michigan State (Oct. 3), tallying four solo stops and first career PBU ... saw action on special teams at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... did not see game action vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) or Penn State (Oct. 24) ... appeared at cornerback against Illinois (Oct. 31) ... did not see game action vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) ... contributed two tackles from cornerback spot at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) ... started at cornerback vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21), posting three stops.
Freshman (2008) ... did not see game action ... redshirted.
Prep ... attended J. L. Mann High School (2008) coached by Mickey Crocker ... four-year letterman ... carries a 3.75 grade point average ... received the football academic achievement award as a freshman ... Key Statistics ... tallied 139 solo tackles and 13 interceptions, while making 127 catches for 2,208 yards and 16 touchdowns ... posted 63 stops, eight pass breakups and one interception as a senior ... caught 50 passes for 875 yards and nine touchdowns senior year ... made 50 tackles and five interceptions as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... three-star prospect according to Rivals.com ... listed as the No. 20 player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com ... three-star prospect and the nation's No. 75 safety according to Scout.com ... tabbed as a top-300 player in the country by Tom Lemming ... named to the all-state first team at wide receiver senior year and at defensive back junior year ... selected first-team all-county at both receiver and defensive back as a senior and at defensive back as a junior ... Peach Blossom Conference All-Region first team honoree as a senior.
Personal ... James Thomas Floyd III was born Dec. 8, 1989 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in general studies.