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January 10, 2010
SAN ANTONIO - Sharrif Floyd plays with the mindset that he can't be blocked. It is an attitude that helped him develop into the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle prospect.
"That is not me being cocky, that is just me being real," said the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder from Philadelphia, Pa. "You better double team me or I am going to get to the quarterback. I might be nice off the field, but when I have a helmet on, I am a nasty kid."
In the practices leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, no player on the East squad outperformed Floyd. And during the prestigious all-star game, he recorded two quarterback sacks.
"I actually had three sacks in the game, but they didn't record the last one," Floyd said. "That was my goal coming into the game, to get three sacks. I didn't want to leave empty handed."
East head coach George Quarles believes Floyd has a bright future at the University of Florida.
"Sharrif plays with great leverage. He gets under you and in this game, the low man wins," Quarles said. "Plus, he plays with a lot of heart and desire, stuff that you can't teach. He's very impressive."
Despite all the praise that Floyd has drawn this week in the Alamo City, he still hears the doubters.
"I cannot wait to start my college career," Floyd said. "There is so much doubt in a lot of people's minds that I am not going to do anything at the next level. I like that negativity because it drives me." - Adam Munsterteiger
U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week Top Performers
2. Keenan Allen
3. Spencer Ware
4. Kyle Prater
7. Matt Elam
8. Shon Coleman
10. Chris Martin
11. Jaylen Watkins
12. Latwan Anderson
13. Jeffrey Whitaker