(via USF Athletics Communications) - University of South Florida sophomore quarterback Matt Floyd (Milton) was honored with the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award at the fourth annual Premier Players of College Football banquet at the Hilton Downtown Tampa Hotel.
The Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award honors a collegiate football player from Florida or South Carolina each year that has impacted the lives of others through giving and community service. Freddie Solomon played college football at the University of Tampa and spent 11 seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL. The two-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers has spent 21 years in Hillsborough County working with the Sherriff’s department to teach kids life lessons through football.
Floyd, a captain on the 2013 USF team, is very involved on the USF campus, holding numerous leadership positions while balancing his time between his football obligations and being a highly engaged and productive member of the USF community.
The 2012 Big East All-Academic selection was nominated for the 2013 AIPAC student activist of the year award. A dual major in political science and international studies, he has served as vice president of The Order of the Golden Brahman leadership society, president and founding member of the CUFI cadre charter, a member of the USF National Hazing Prevention Board, a member of the USF Hillel, AIPAC pro-Israel activism cadre and a member of the 2013 New Traditions Competition Task Force. While attending the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in Washington D.C., he was among a group from USF that received the "Top 5 Campus Advocates of the Year" award.
Floyd has made an impact off campus while serving as an intern for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and coaching little league football from 2008-2011.
Floyd has played in eight games and started three through two seasons at USF. He made his first start as a freshman in 2012, completing 21-of-39 passes for 176 yards at Cincinnati, and started the Bulls opener in 2013. He has thrown for 538 yards on his career so far.
The Premier Players Sports Foundation is based in Tampa and its mission is to help orphaned, foster and special needs children participate in sports by providing league sponsorships and proper equipment.