Colin Floyd - GU's Current Two Sport Athlete
Feb. 9, 2006
Gonzaga University senior guard Colin Floyd has always walked in the shadow of his two older brothers, Brad and Ryan. Now during his final year of eligibility, Colin is accomplishing something that neither of his predecessors have done. Colin has the honor of being Gonzaga's lone two-sport athlete this year as he competes as a member of the men's basketball and golf teams.
An avid golfer in high school, Floyd gave up the game on a competitive level following his junior year of high school after his second straight third place finish at the Washington State Class B championships. His senior year at Sprague-Harrington High he turned his attention toward football, basketball and track earning All-State honors in football and basketball.
Despite a chance to earn more playing time at a smaller school, Colin decided to follow in his brother Ryan's footsteps and pursue a basketball career at Gonzaga. Ryan was a four-year member of the Zags basketball team and part of the most successful GU team to date as he helped guide the Bulldogs to their Elite 8 run in 1999 and a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2000. Colin followed eagerly knowing exactly what his brother had accomplished before him.
"I haven't really put any pressure on myself about following Ryan here at Gonzaga," said the youngest of the Floyd brothers. "We have had different roles in our careers so the pressure to duplicate him has not been there. I think I had more pressure in high school and there I just worked hard and tried to be the best of the three Floyd brothers."
The only pressure Floyd feels these days is the pressure he puts on himself by picking up his golf clubs for his final collegiate season. Already this past fall Floyd made the traveling squad for two of the Bulldogs four tournaments. In his second collegiate event, Floyd posted a sixth-place finish at The Tillinghast Classic hosted by St. John's University in the suburbs of New York City. All this while working hard to secure additional playing time during his final season in a Bulldogs basketball uniform.
"My biggest challenge this year has been time maintenance," added Floyd. "During the fall I was working out with both sports and taking a pretty heavy class load. I had to really focus and make sure I was getting everything done while trying to give my full attention to both sports. This semester it should be a little easier with several of the golf matches taking place after basketball is over."
While Floyd has not had the career he might have expected on the basketball court for the Bulldogs he is grateful for the opportunities it has given him as a college student.
"The experience of being part of many great teams here at Gonzaga has been the highlight of my time in school," stated Floyd. "Even though I haven't had a lot of playing time, I have enjoyed being on the team and traveling to all the NCAA Tournaments."
This year Floyd's participation has once again been limited as he has only appeared in two games for the seventh-ranked Bulldogs. And while Colin may never reach the cult status his brother Ryan did in the late 1990's with the GU faithful, he will have one accomplishment Ryan did not - being a two-sport athlete at Gonzaga.
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