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Floyd grew up poor and has recounted the time when he wore the same clothes to elementary school every day for months at a time. His biological father died when he was 3 years old, and the man he thought was his father over the next 12 years abused him.

Floyd left home at 15, moved in with grandmother and then bounced around from coaches to friends to other relatives and eventually lived with a school guidance counselor.

Based on his background, the NCAA reduced Floyd’s penalty from a four-game suspension to two.

Nonetheless, Muschamp blasted the decision by saying he was “angered, disgusted and extremely disappointed.” Teammates also came to his defense, and Floyd welcomed the support.

“It just showed me how much I mean to the team and how much the team cares about me,” he said. “I love all them guys. I would do anything for any of them. I mean, really anything for any of them _ walk-ons, too. I was happy to see that. Pretty touching.”

Muschamp appointed Floyd a captain for his 2011 debut, surely taking another poke at the NCAA.

Floyd responded by helping the defense put steady pressure on Tennessee’s Tyler Bray. The Gators sacked Bray three times, knocked him to the ground countless other times and pressured him into throwing two interceptions.

“That’s what the defensive (lines) wants,” Floyd said. “Sacks. We want to hit the quarterbacks, pretty boys, you-can’t-touch-me guys. That’s what defensive linemen want. We want quarterbacks.”

The Volunteers finished with 279 yards and a seventh consecutive loss in the series. Floyd has been a part of the last two, and the latest one was special for obvious reasons.

“Amazing,” he said. “Words can’t even describe it. I’m just happy, and it’s great to be back with my team.”