Marcis Floyd came out of high school with only one FCS offer, an offer from Murray State. Floyd accepted the offer and played for the college for four years, but always knew he could play at a higher level.
“Coming out of high school I didn’t really go to many camps,” Floyd said. “Murray State was the only FCS offer I had.”
Floyd said he feels that FCS players are often overlooked; however, Floyd quickly began to stand out at cornerback for his old school, starting 11 games in 2021 and becoming the fifth-leading Murray State tackler.
Now getting noticed by FBS schools, Floyd was ready to take his talents to the next level and enrolled at WVU in January 2022.
“Talking to all of the coaches, it felt like the right move to make,” Floyd said. “It felt like they were trying to start something new here.”
Upon transferring, WVU coaches knew they could utilize Floyd on defense, but wanted to try him out at safety, a spot Floyd didn’t have much experience in prior to switching schools.
Despite the position change, Floyd said it was a “smooth transition,” as he’s had a lot of help from coaches and players, one being defensive standout Charles Woods.
Going from FCS to FBS has also been a smooth transition for Floyd, although he says there are several differences like game speed and terminology used in play calls.
“From corner, you just listen to what the safety says. Now I’m at safety, it’s like I’m the quarterback of the defense,” Floyd said, describing the toughest part about this transition.
Despite some struggles, one thing that helped Floyd transition so easily was his mentality.
“I always have that ‘chip on my shoulder’ mentality, no matter what level I am,” Floyd said. “You’re always going to be doubted no matter what you do, no matter where you’re at, so you just have to keep that chip on your shoulder.”
Floyd has been keeping that “chip on his shoulder” at fall camp, too, as he is projected to start for the Mountaineers. He says that he and his teammates are “getting better every day” and are feeling prepared for the season.
“We’re hitting our peak just right now where we need to, almost finishing fall camp and going into game week,” he said.
With three weeks until kickoff, Floyd looks to start his FBS career strong with a week one win for the Mountaineers.
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