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Floyd was a solid student at Florida and did an amazing job overcoming what many of us would consider a tough childhood. He seems like an intelligent and engaging young man.
The All-American defensive tackle was suspended the first two games of his sophomore campaign for accepting gifts from a booster. It just so happened that this particular guy, Kevin Lahn, ended up adopting the then-21-year-old Floyd.
To shorten the story a bit, Floyd was suspended the first two games of the 2011 season after accepting gifts in excess of $2,500 from The Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation, a non-profit organization.
In order to avoid further NCAA violations, Floyd was adopted by Lahn. What happened immediately following the adoption may seem a bit fishy (via ESPN):
After Floyd was adopted by 50-year-old Kevin Lahn, Floyd was given a 2012 Ford Explorer XLT, a credit card and had his apartment leased by Lahn.
While this might sound like a rash of NCAA violations, NCAA rules allow adoptive parents to provide money and other gifts to student-athletes. So with Lahn now Floyd's official guardian, the "benefits" he receives/received are well within NCAA rules.
This report went on to indicate that the adoption was legitimate under Florida state laws. That being said, it didn't endear Floyd to officials within the NCAA.
On to more inspirational news.
According to Rivals, Floyd was the No. 1 defensive tackle recruit in 2010, ahead of former Florida teammate Dominique Easley.
He started the final 11 games of his sophomore campaign before becoming an important cog in Florida's highly ranked defense this past season. He earned All-American status as a junior and dominated some of the best offensive line prospects that college football had to offer in the SEC.
The best NFL comparison I can come up with is current New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who was selected 30th overall in the 2011 NFL draft. For what it is worth, our very own Matt Miller ranked Wilkerson as the second-best 3-4 defensive end in the NFL behind only J.J. Watt in our NFL 1000 series.