By Alan Leyva
In a 45-38 high-scoring battle at Grossmont College, DeGabriel Floyd put his stamp all over the game. This led to Floyd being recognized by the Southern California Football Association and they named him the player of the week for Special Teams/All Purpose.
“It feels good to play ball closer to the level I usually play at. I’m enjoying being able to exploit all my talents again and helping my team in every way I can to win. It feels great,” said Floyd when asked what the honor means to him.
The 6’3’’, 235-pound athlete was all over the field and was a factor on both sides of the ball and special teams, which helped the Huskies escape Grossmont with their first win of the 2023 season.
William Huitron said, “Our momentum took a hit early on following a couple penalties. DG fought through that adversity and scored three touchdowns. He carried us. His impact was felt all over the field.”
Floyd offensively was as potent as a runner can be. He tallied 66 yards on three carries which resulted in three touchdowns.
Floyd’s 22 yards per rush ranked the best out of all ball carriers this past weekend, along with him also having the largest run of the weekend in the Pacific Central Conference, with a rush of 61 yards.
Floyd said, “What makes me such a good rusher is my vicious group of savages blocking for me in the Husky package. They make the lanes, and I hit them hard.”
His three touchdowns also put him No. 1 in the conference for offensive players. On the defensive end, Floyd was able to get five tackles, which included three solo tackles as well as getting two pass breakups for a Huskies defense that was missing two starting defensive backs. Despite that, ELAC held Grossmont’s quarterbacks Treton Giles and Nathan Temple to a whooping 33 percent completion percentage on 53 total attempts.
Floyd also did it on the special teams side of the ball. He had 152 total return yards, 15 yards of a kickoff and 71 punt return yards.
In those 71 yards he was also able to return one for a Huskie touchdown, a 57-yard punt return
Huitron said, “When he jumped over that player it was insane. Everybody on the sideline went crazy and started saying he’s league bound. It doesn’t get any better than that. Those moments are the ones that get people recognized.”
A virtuoso effort by the four-star prospect out of high school Floyd was key in the Huskies moving to 1-0 on the season.
“I love showing all my capabilities. I love playing ball and being able to do all the things on the field makes me have more fun and go a little harder because I’m the one who has to get the job done,” said Floyd.