Player Of The Year: Devin Floyd
They don’t call him ‘The Dude’ for nothing.
Devin Floyd was the offensive ‘dudeage’ behind Perris Citrus Hill’s run to a CIF State Division II-A title, refusing to wither despite criticism, inconsistency or his coach’s harsh post-game assessments to lead his team to never-before-seen heights.The 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back, the one who ran for more than 120 yards 12 times, totaled 31 TDs and collected section and state championships is FOMB’s 2015 Inland Area Prep Football Player Of The Year.
Starting with his 232-yard, three-TD performance vs. MoVal Rancho Verde in Week 0, Floyd played in and scored in all 16 games, with six games of at least 200 rushing yards, and 11 games with two-or-more TDs.
He was at his best seemingly all season as the Hawks went from a team that relied upon its playmakers to a team held up by its destructive defense.
“What can you say about him?” Citrus Hill head coach Eric Zomalt asked rhetorically after the Hawks’ Week 2 victory over Riverside Arlington. “He runs hard, blocks well and does everything we ask him.”
‘The Dude’ ran for 212 yards and three TDs in the 56-21 win over Arlington as he surpassed more than 700 rushing yards through his first three games.
Floyd never stopped and finished with more than 350 carries on the season — that’s an average of more than 21 touches a game — a heavy workload for any prep running back.
“It’s my job this year,” Floyd said. “There will be times when I need to more, and times when I need to do less. I’m ready for whatever.”
It’s hard to envision “whatever” being wins in his final 11 games. But that’s why he’s ‘The Dude.’