Raushod Floyd, a leading wide receiver for Daytona Beach Seabreeze, is recovering from a shark bite and catching some grief from teammates this week.

“He’s such a great kid,” Sandcrabs coach Marc Beach said on Thursday. “But I think ‘Shark-bait’ is his new nickname. The kids are busting his chops now that they know he’s going to be okay.”

Beach said Floyd had “between 30 and 35 stitches” to close six gashes in his right shoulder and puncture wounds in his chest and will definitely not play when Seabreeze (1-0) hosts Flagler Palm Coast (1-0) on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.

The 5-11, 190-pound junior was hit and bitten by a small shark on Monday while swimming with teammates following a Labor Day football practice.

“He didn’t have any muscle or tendon damage, but it tore him up pretty good,” Beach said. “It him him in the throat first. Knocked him under water and grabbed him then.

"He’s a big part of our team, but we’re fortunate enough that he’s okay and he’s going to be back. We’re not going to rush him. You have to be careful with infection and make sure he’s healthy. Hopefully in a few weeks.”

Floyd, 17, returned to school on Wednesday after one day out.

He had four catches for 66 yards in the Sandcrabs’ season-opening 36-3 win over Port Orange Spruce Creek last week.

Seabreeze sits one block from the Atlantic Ocean, but Beach said he had never before had a player attacked by a shark.

Buddy Collings is a senior sports writer covering high schools for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at bcollings@orlandosentinel.com.