Presenting the 7A Back of the Year and All-State in Alabama, Peyton Floyd is a 5’11 180lb. QB prospect in the Class of 2024 out of Hewitt-Trussville High School located in Trussville, AL. The Trussville native has helped direct his team tremendously in getting to the state quarterfinals, while also breaking new school records. The Huskies Quarterback, Peyton Floyd, completed 70% of his passes for 2,413 yards and 25 touchdowns, including 726 rushing yards and added 16 touchdowns. Floyd has excelled in 41 total touchdowns that led all of the 7A Class Division and Trussville’s school record. Peyton walks on the field with a dominant mindset that absolutely crushes any opponent they face off against, as teammates and coaches would describe him to be.
Peyton Floyd expresses what it means to be honored with All-State recognition and sacrificing that hard work and dedication to be successful. This interview with Floyd provides background information on being introduced to the sport, his personal short-term goals, and what makes his playing style truly unique.
When did you start playing football and what sparked that interest in you?
I started playing in about the 3rd grade, I always kind of grew up playing football as well as my family. Football felt natural to me, and I always loved playing it.
What do you bring to the table for the Hewitt Trussville Football program?
I am a fierce competitor that can do it all. I can run, throw and do whatever it takes for my teammates.
What do you believe to be one of your weaknesses and what are you doing to improve it?
Honestly, putting on that weight and getting bigger in the weight room. To reach that goal, you know we’re working out 3-4 times a week and eating a lot of nutritional foods at home.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
My main goal as of right now is continuing to improve my game on the field and in the weight room. For the upcoming year, my primary focus is on getting that state championship.
How does it feel to be honored with prestigious recognition including being All-State? What would you say got you to this point?
I think hard work was the main thing, I am not the biggest guy, but I worked really hard for the past years to get here. It is really an honor to get this recognition, and obviously with the coaches and my great teammates around me for that.
How do you remain calm when you find yourself working under pressure?
I just trust God because at the end of the day, I know He got me no matter what happens on the field.
What do you think sets you apart from any other QB in your same position right now looking to play the next level?
Honestly, I think it is my dual threat ability being able to throw or run, you know I think that is very important in today’s game. I also think just being a team guy first versus being a me guy.
What have you learned about teamwork from your past experiences on your teams?
In football you got to have everyone involved to do it, you can’t just have certain players. So, whether that means you got to lead other teammates so that everyone on the team feels good. When everyone feels good, you perform better, and it happens to work out like that.
What are some of your dream schools and what will they get out of you as a player?
I don’t have a set dream school; I will go anywhere to play. I recently visited UCF and it was really cool, the facilities were great, and the overall experience was great. As to where I end up, I promise they’ll get the best out of me every single day and a guy that will do whatever it takes for the team.
How would your teammates and coaches describe you?
I’d say they describe me as a likable person, that’s somebody I always try to be off the field so to speak. When it comes to the weight room, I feel like I’m always one of the hardest workers no matter what I do.
Who serves as your biggest role models and why?
Kobe Bryant, because I honestly loved his work ethic and everything he would say about what it took for him to be great.
On the top of your head, rank the top three priorities in your life right now and why?
First is keeping my relationship with God first and foremost. Second is family because without family there’s nothing. My third priority right now would be football. After those top 3 priorities, it’s all about friends and really enjoying life.
How do you manage your athletic responsibilities within an organized routine or schedule?
Every day after football workouts, I’ll make sure I’m eating a ton or if I can go get some extra work in. I have been limited a little bit from an injury I’m slowly overcoming, but the doctors say I’m headed toward the right direction of recovery. Once things get going, I can really start getting to work with the receivers.
What’s your technique for memorizing and teaching yourself new plays before an upcoming game?
We always watch film in the meeting rooms and observe the other team’s defense. Throughout the week leading up to Friday’s game, we watch and try to figure out the other team’s best player or what they do defensively so we know going into the week what to expect from the opponent. Then we practice with those new concepts we put in for that team.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from your coaches?
I think it’s about moving on and responding to adversity. When you play this game or really whatever you do in life, there’s going to be adversity and you just have to know how to respond to it.
What are your preferred pre-game, locker room and post-game routines?
Before the game, I try to stay calm, hang with teammates, and relax my mind. I avoid trying to get to hyped up to remain humble before the game.