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Michael Floyd returning to South Bend

Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:32 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well here's a bit of surprising news, and very good news for Notre Dame fans.  Wide receiver Michael Floyd, who many considered a sure thing to leave school and enter the NFL Draft, is totally doing the opposite.  Notre Dame announced on Wednesday afternoon that its star wide receiver was going to return to school for one more season.

"This was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make in my life," Floyd said in a release. "On the one hand, there was Notre Dame. This place has been an incredible home to me and the relationships I built here are ones I know I'll have for the rest of my life. On the other hand, there was the NFL. It has always been a lifelong goal to play football at the highest level and that is something I look forward to doing at some point. However, I'm pleased to say I will be returning to the University of Notre Dame for my senior season in 2011.

"I'm returning to Notre Dame for three reasons: to earn my degree, return Notre Dame to the top and improve myself as a player."

While Floyd may have seemed like a sure thing to enter the draft, apparently with a draft class full of wide receivers like A.J. Green, Julio Jones and plenty of other studs, Floyd may have been a third round pick.  He may feel by returning for another season and entering the draft next year he'll have a much better shot of being selected in the first or second round.

Whatever his reasoning is, I'm sure Brian Kelly doesn't care.  He's just happy to have one of the biggest weapons on his offense back for another season.  Even though he's only played at Notre Dame for three seasons, Floyd already holds the school record for most touchdown catches in a career with 28, and has caught 171 total passes for 2,539 yards.  Those marks place him second and third, respectively, on Notre Dame's all-time list.  Odds are that by the time he does finish his senior season, he'll own all three marks.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:22 am

Michael Floyd returning to South Bend

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:57 pm

Michael Floyd returning to South Bend

Floyd a 3rd round pick? Based on what?If he played at South Bend with Quinn or Clausen when they went up and down the field in the blink of an eye,he'd be a 2 time Biletnikoff winner and likely a first team All-American by now,if he can stay healthy he's s future NFL pro bowler,no doubt

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:56 pm

Michael Floyd returning to South Bend

This is great news for the Irish!!

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:51 pm

Michael Floyd returning to South Bend

This is actually a smart move all the way around...... correct, there are soo many WR's in the draft this year.... not every team will need a WR in the 1st or 2nd round.... second, he probably learned what Golden tate went thru last year by leaving early.... Tate is a spot WR at best for Seattle this year and as always, the looming CBA and lock out might play a roll.

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