2015 NFL DRAFT

Michael Floyd, WR

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/13 - Michael Floyd, WR, 6-2, 220, Notre Dame...The Cardinals think Floyd is a lot like No. 1 wideout Larry Fitzgerald: big, physical and can make the tough catches. Receiver wasn't the club's greatest need but if Floyd listens to Fitzgerald and learns, they could be a dynamic combination. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and first-round pick Michael Floyd are both from the Twin Cities area, and Fitzgerald has known Floyd since he was in high school. Fitzgerald reportedly lobbied Cardinals management to draft Floyd, just as he counseled them a year ago to trade for Kevin Kolb. So is Fitzgerald an assistant general manager? "Larry is not as involved in the process as a lot of people like to think he is," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, smiling. "Certainly, I think that Larry likes him, that Larry takes him under his wing and it will be important to Larry that this young man does well." Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly disciplined Floyd a year after a DUI arrest. Floyd wasn't allowed to participate in spring ball, although he could do individual drills. Floyd was reinstated in early August. Kelly said Floyd learned his lesson and has always been a hard worker. He's the kind of kid, Kelly said, who will dive to make a catch in a Tuesday practice late in the season. "Just competing when nobody was watching," Kelly said. "All the great ones I've ever coached have had that. He's going to compete every time he's out there. They are going to have to tell him when to tone it down. That's a pretty good thing." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Cardinals had chances to trade into the second round, but the price was too high, Whisenhunt said. "We talked about it, but when we looked at it what it was going to cost us, it wasn't worth what we were trying to move up to get. That's the bottom line. We would have to give up multiple picks and that's something that you have to weigh vs. the players that you are looking at. At that point, the value just wasn't there." Draft picks this year are expected to make about the same as last season. The 2012 salary cap of $120.6 million per team is roughly the same as last year. In 2011, Detroit took defensive tackle Nick Fairley with the 13th overall pick. He signed a four-year deal worth about $9.9. million, including a $5.7 million signing bonus. That is likely to be Floyd's salary range. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Cardinals had offers to trade down from No. 13 during the first round on Thursday night, but none were good enough to entice them to pass on Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd. At 6-3, 220 pounds, Floyd gives the Cardinals another physical presence to go with Larry Fitzgerald. "One of the things that was apparent this year...is how important field position has become with the new kickoff and the touchbacks and you're starting field position," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "When you really look at it, you have a player that can change field position really quickly. We feel it gives us a really good receiving corps." Floyd is likely to start with Andre Roberts and Early Doucet battling for the third and fourth spots. Floyd is another offensive playmaker the team has added over the past two offseasons, but the club has yet to see the expected production. Quarterback Kevin Kolb didn't play well last year when he was healthy and he missed seven games with injuries. Running back Ryan Williams missed his rookie season with a knee injury. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 13. Arizona Cardinals: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame -- A workout partner with fellow Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald, Floyd now pairs with the perennial Pro Bowl lead receiver to bring a solid second option to a suddenly explosive Cardinals' offense. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - If the Cardinals can get decent play out of their quarterback, Kevin Kolb of John Skelton, then they should be able to score points next year. Fitzgerald is one of the game's best, and he lobbied for the team to take Floyd. "I think what we're going to be able to do with our tight ends and our receivers is going to be something that our coaches are excited about experimenting with this spring," Whisenhunt said. The Cardinals had offers to trade back but they had placed a high value on Floyd, the highest rated player left on their board. They needed a receiver and thought the drop-off after Floyd was stepper than the drop in talent after Iowa tackle Riley Reiff. The Cardinals don't have a second-round pick, and it's hard to see them being willing to give up much to move into that round. They're hoping an offensive lineman, preferably a tackle, is available in the third round. In the end, Floyd's talent and size was too enticing to pass up. "As you see highlights of this young man over the next couple of days, or even today, you can see some of those catches in the red zone, down the sideline," Whisenhunt said. "Those are the types of catches that you have to make in the NFL." - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - Between the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine, Harrison Smith estimates that he has spoken with every NFL team in advance of the draft that begins Thursday night. The former Notre Dame safety, a possible first-round pick, believes he's done all he can in the run-up. And that includes allaying any concerns about former Irish teammate Michael Floyd. "Everybody asks about Floyd," Smith said. "It was crazy." Floyd, too, is expected to be a first-round pick Thursday, following up his record-setting Notre Dame career with a strong combine showing. But clearly teams wanted to dig into his character after multiple alcohol-related legal dust-ups, including the March 2011 arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence that earned him an indefinite suspension. But as teams dug, Smith insisted there was nothing to unearth. "I told them what I thought -- I love Floyd," Smith said. "I was working out with him before Pro Day. We were consistently the guys going in there and going hard every day. That's how he was when he was at Notre Dame. "That's what told them -- that I would want him on my team every day of the week." - Brian Hamilton, The Chicago Tribune

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 13. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: In registering a 4.47 second 40-yard dash at 6-3, 220 pounds Floyd provided an emphatic answer to concerns about his size/speed combination. Floyd wasn't the consistent big play threat that Blackmon or Wright were in college but his game may project best to the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/12/2012 - With a sizzling workout last week, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd may have thrust himself into the top 10. Certainly into the top 12. Some pundits even feel that Floyd -- whose explosion off the line is deemed exceptional, as is his burst into and out of his cuts -- could be the equal of Oklahoma State Justin Blackmon. But the ascent of Floyd has also sent league scouts on an extended fact-finding mission about his background, which includes multiple DUI's, and past attitude problems. "He's one of the most studied guys in the whole draft, in terms of background," an area scout from one interested AFC franchise told The Sports Xchange. "No doubt he's a playmaker. But people want to be extra sure he's not a troublemaker, too." It appears that Floyd, who has been very popular on the individual visit circuit, has been extremely candid about past indiscretions. But teams are doing a lot of digging beyond his admissions. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/09/2012 - Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd said he'll visit the 49ers next week, making San Francisco unique among Floyd's pre-draft hosts: The Niners are the only one of the 11 teams Floyd will visit that doesn't own one of the first 17 picks in the draft. Floyd, a likely top-15 pick, said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio on Sunday that he'll visit the Titans, Rams, Jets and Bengals this week. He'll spend time with the 49ers, Dolphins, Cardinals and Vikings next week. He's already met with the Panthers and Browns and had a private workout with the Eagles. The 49ers, who have the No. 30 pick, have no chance at grabbing Floyd, unless they trade up or Floyd's three alcohol-related incidents at Notre Dame cause him to tumble precipitously during the draft's first day. - Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle

04/09/2012 - Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd's popularity seems to be rising, and there is tangible evidence that bears out his demand among NFL teams is stronger than ever. Floyd is a close second among receiver prospects behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, but his body type and speed might help him land in the top 10 and even come off the board before Blackmon, a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner who is lighter, shorter and slower -- depending on whose stop watch you trust -- than Floyd. Monday on Sirius/XM NFL Radio, Floyd said he is riding the momentum from his strong pro day last week with key visits to teams expected to be in the market for a leading receiver in the first round of the April 26 draft. Floyd said he has dates this week with the Rams (sixth overall), Titans (20th), Jets (16th) and Bengals (17th and 21st) before next week stopping to see the 49ers (30th), Dolphins (nine), Cardinals (13th) and Vikings (third). The Bears and Bengals were very well represented in Floyd's pro day. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame, 6-3, 220...Floyd's size and prolific on-field performances are tantalizing for NFL teams. He arrived at Notre Dame as one of the most celebrated prep recruits in the nation and validated that with 48 catches for 719 yards as a true freshman. He finished his career with seven school records, including most receptions (271), most yards receiving (3,686) and touchdown catches (37). He also reaffirmed his on-field feats with measureable athleticism at the combine, running 40 yards in 4.47 seconds and leaping 36?? inches in the vertical jump. But there were bad statistics off the field. He was cited for underage consumption of alcohol twice and driving under the influence once and finally was suspended from the team last spring. Although he was allowed back on the team, he lost his role as captain. Despite all that, and a broken clavicle in 2009, Floyd was undoubtedly one of the top receivers in college football the past four seasons. He is an intriguing combination of good quickness, better speed, great size and awesome hands that engulf the football. His size and strength should help him against NFL press coverage and his long arms (32? inches) will be an asset going for the ball. Floyd certainly has the physical ability to star in the NFL if he works hard enough at it on and off the field. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - 04/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: After a few run-ins with the law and minor injuries, Floyd made the correct decision to return to Notre Dame for a final season in 2011 and rebuild his draft stock. He moved back on campus, kept his nose clean and produced on the field with 100 catches, becoming the school's all-time leading receiver and steadily moving back into the first-round discussion. Despite not participating in the Senior Bowl, Floyd has been inching higher and higher in the minds of pro scouts, especially after recording a 4.43 40-yard dash. He stood out in positional drills this past week at Notre Dame's pro day in South Bend, looking the part of a No. 1 wideout and backing it up with his performance during the work out. His former quarterback and current Carolina Panther Jimmy Clausen returned to throw passes and also endorse his former teammate, calling Floyd "one of the hardest working guys I've seen." Since September, Floyd has been considered a riser and it's not out of the question that he could be the top receiver drafted on April 26, possibly as early as the top-10. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/04/2012 - If Floyd indeed is plucked in the first round in roughly three weeks, he'll be the first Irish receiver to be a first-rounder since Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown in the 1999 draft. Floyd and Clausen two started working out together in California two weeks ago, but Clausen had to run the idea of going back to ND's Pro Day through a lot of channels, including that of the Panthers' brass, before making it a reality. The end result was there was just one incompletion between them on Tuesday and plenty of superlatives to keep teams salivating. "I think he's going to be great in the league," offered Clausen, a second-round draft choice of Carolina in 2010 and currently a backup to former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. "He's one of the hardest-working guys I've seen. To have that work ethic and those skills, he's going to fit in real well." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/04/2012 - It was 2009 all over again, maybe even better for Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. His decision to enlist former Irish star and current Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen Tuesday at the on-campus Pro Day did nothing but enhance the climb the 6-foot-3, 225-pound St. Paul, Minn., product has been making since he walked off the field in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 29 with a rib injury and a murky future. Three months and a week after his college season ended with a Champs Sports Bowl loss to Florida State, Floyd looked every bit the part of the top 10 pick most analysts now project ND's all-time leading receiver as in the three-day, seven-round draft to be held April 26-28 in New York. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Floyd as the No. 2 overall receiver in the draft behind Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State. Floyd, in fact, plans to be in New York to wait out the process and has picked out a custom-tailored gray suit for his eventual stroll to the podium. The Chicago Bears seem quite interested, though they'd have to trade up from their current No. 19 spot in the order most likely. Team officials took both Floyd and Irish safety Harrison Smith out to dinner Monday night. And the Bears' Lovie Smith was one of two head coaches who took in the proceedings at ND's Loftus Center on Tuesday. In all, 27 of the 32 NFL teams were represented, including two general managers. Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis also got a look at Floyd and eight other Notre Dame draft hopefuls. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/04/2012 - Floyd, who rested on his combine numbers for the most part (he ran the 60-yard shuttle, three-cone drill and pro agility drill), certainly didn't hurt himself. And it all started with a phone call to Clausen, his quarterback at ND in 2008 and 2009. The two connected for the first 16 of Floyd's eventual school-record 37 touchdown receptions. "It's just the chemistry between us," Floyd said. "We're really good friends. He knows me, and I know him. and it's just a great relationship. He got the opportunity to make his dream come true of being in the NFL, and I just wanted his help to get me there." Floyd has had to do a lot of work on his own, though, following a March 2011 drunk driving arrest that almost truncated his ND career and tainted his pro stock for months. But Floyd, who had two prior alcohol-related brushes with the law, separated himself from his past last fall. He caught a school-record 100 passes in 2011 and racked up a 3.4 grade-point average in his final semester in the classroom. He'll walk with this graduating class in May. "My mom is very happy, just knowing that she doesn't have to live paycheck to paycheck anymore," Floyd said of Theresa Romero, who works at Macy's at the Mall of America. "I could help with a lot of things with the family if they need help. "But she's more proud of my personally that I did graduate. The whole family's coming down for that." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/03/2012 - A full contingent of Chicago Bears' representatives watched Notre Dame's football pro day on Tuesday. Bears general manager Phil Emery, coach Lovie Smith, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake and assistant defensive backs coach Gill Byrd attended the event, which featured receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith. Floyd is projected as a first-rounder while Smith's could find himself off the board in the second round. "There are good players here. That's why we're here," Emery said. "Several of them had good workouts. We're looking for dynamic football players, playmakers. And we've got a couple of them here." Byrd ran the defensive backs drills, where the safety Smith showed off his range and athletic ability. Floyd caught passes from former Notre Dame teammate Jimmy Clausen, now with the Carolina Panthers. Floyd impressed with two effortless catches on Clausen deep balls at the start, but Floyd also has a couple of drops during a short-passing drill. Both Floyd and Smith opted not to run the 40-yard dash or perform the bench press. Other participants included cornerback Robert Blanton, linebacker Darius Fleming, guard Trevor Robinson and running back Jonas Gray. - Vaughn McClure, The Chicago Tribune

04/02/2012 - On one of the bigger days of his burgeoning professional career, Michael Floyd shouldn't have to worry about connecting with the guy throwing him the ball. The ex-Notre Dame wide receiver will have former Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen throwing to him at the school's pro day Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed. It's a significant comfort factor for the 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound Floyd, who already earned a bump up the draft charts with the doubt-defusing 4.47 40-yard dash he ran at the February NFL Combine. Now, under the watchful eye of scouts, coaches and personnel men, he'll catch passes from a guy who helped him to 92 catches for 1,514 yardsand 16 touchdowns in the two seasons they played together in the Irish offense. (Floyd missed parts of both seasons with injury.) Meanwhile, the event may serve as a bit of an audition for Clausen, too, whose time with the Panthers may be over barely after it started as a second-round draft pick. - Brian Hamilton, The Chicago Tribune

02/26/2012 - Floyd certainly helped his cause by running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds (unofficially) at 6-3, 220 pounds and showing excellent hands, flexibility, and surprisingly precise routes. Whether it was drifting across the middle during the gauntlet drill, dropping his hips on quick comeback routes or showing the ability to track the ball over either shoulder deep, Floyd consistently plucked the ball out of air, quickly secured it and got upfield in one fluid motion. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 13. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame, 6-3, 224, 1...Floyd arrived at Notre Dame as one of the most heralded prep recruits in the nation and seemed to validate that when he caught 48 passes for 719 yards as a true freshman. But he also became a true problem over the next three years as he was cited for underage consumption of alcohol twice and driving under the influence once and finally was suspended from the team last spring. Although he was allowed back on the team, he lost his role as captain. Despite all that, and a broken clavicle in 2009, Floyd was undoubtedly one of the top receivers in college football the last four seasons, with a total of 171 catches, 2,539 yards and 28 touchdowns in 30 games. He is an intriguing combination of good quickness, better speed, great size and awesome hands that engulf the football. His size and strength should help him against NFL press coverage and his long arms will be an asset going for the ball. Floyd certainly has the physical ability to star in the NFL if he works hard enough at it on and off the field. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/17/2012 - Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, the second-rated receiver on NFLDraftScout.com behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, will not participate in the Senior Bowl next week. Floyd's absence, first reported by Sports Illustrated, was anticipated by the Senior Bowl, which added Gerell Robinson to the 10-man receiving corps for the event. Floyd could still travel to Mobile and participate in face-to-face interviews with teams and their scouts, an important aspect of the event that takes place in the evening hours until most scouts leave town on Thursday. Given the significant red flags he raised with three off-field incidents involving alcohol while at Notre Dame, Floyd would be wise to show accountability and maturity by making himself available to face questions he must know are coming from pro evaluators ready to sink millions into his future. Floyd combination of size and agility will keep him in the top three receivers available, but Baylor's Kendall Wright could be preferred over Floyd by some teams because of his blazing speed and advanced route-running. The big difference - size. Floyd is likely to run in the 4.5 range at 6-3, 224. Wright, Baylor's all-time leading receiver, is just 5-10, 195, but might clock closer to 4.4 in the 40. Floyd was projected to be a late first-round pick in 2011 but chose to return for his senior season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/29/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Michael Floyd may well be the best wide receiver in the country, and he has come on like gangbusters down the stretch of his college career. He finished the regular season with 95 catches for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

10/29/2011 - Notre Dame needed less than two minutes to make a week's worth of problems-heck, maybe a season's worth-disappear. Michael Floyd and Jonas Gray scored in a span of 1 minute, 59 seconds Saturday, and Notre Dame rolled from there, rebounding from its rough week with a 56-14 thrashing of Navy. The Irish (5-3) rushed for seven touchdowns, most in 19 years, while limiting Navy (2-6) to a season-low 229 yards of total offense in the Midshipmen's sixth straight loss. "As a family, we all have good days and bad days. And you work through that as a family," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "We communicated with each other as a team and as a family, and you saw it today. You saw a team that played together. I told our team, that's the best collection of plays relative to all 11 players playing together." - AP Sports

10/02/2011 - So much for Michael Floyd the decoy. Twenty-four seconds into Notre Dame's game against Purdue, the star receiver surpassed his yardage total from the previous week. His 35-yard touchdown catch from Tommy Rees sparked a 38-10 rout of Purdue on Saturday night. Floyd caught four passes for 27 yards against Pittsburgh, and he talked during the week about his willingness to do his job and help the team's other talented receivers get open. This week, Floyd was featured. "Getting Mike Floyd the ball early on really gave us a lot of confidence offensively," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "It was more of a concerted to make sure he got his touches and making it part of our game plan that he has to touch the ball and not that if the offense comes to him it comes to him. We're not going to play that way. Mike has to get the ball and that's what we saw." Floyd thought it was important for the Fighting Irish to get off to a quick start, considering the way some of their games have gone during this up-and-down season. "That's what we needed," he said. "When you go on the road, you have to make a point as soon as you get the ball, and that's what we did." Floyd's excellence was just one element of the team's most dominant performance of the season. Notre Dame outgained Purdue 551 yards to 276. It was a season-high yardage total for the Irish and their third game with at least 500 yards of offense.Tommy Rees passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns for the Fighting Irish (3-2). - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The offense didn't do as much against Michigan State as it did against Michigan State, but ND won the Michigan State game and should be able to pass the ball this week. Pitt comes in ranked 119th (of 120) in the country against the pass and 96th in team defense. Tommy Rees and the Notre Dame offense are 27th in the country in passing and 37th in team offense, and the Irish seem to have the balanced attack thing going. KEYS TO THE GAME: WR Michael Floyd - Michigan State keyed on him last week and caught ONLY six passes. One of the best players in the country, he could have a big game against a Pitt defense that can be passed on. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - WR Michael Floyd, who had 25 catches in the first two games, was limited by the Michigan State defense to six in the Notre Dame win. Included in the six was his 200th college catch. With Floyd severely covered, QB Tommy Rees spread the ball around, with RB Cierre Wood making six catches. "We've always had chemistry," said Rees. "I was telling everyone in there, even the running backs, they did awesome, getting themselves open and making good options for us." - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - Notre Dame enters this week's road game at Pittsburgh at 1-2 after getting its first win last week, in a 31-13 upset of No. 15 Michigan State in South Bend. WR Michael Floyd, clearly the focus of the Michigan State pass coverage, still caught six passes last week and is fourth in the country with 10.3 grabs per game. He had his 200th college catch last week. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Michigan State at Notre Dame, Sept. 17 A win last week would have had the Fighting Irish hitting this game looking for big things for the season. Now, it's a fight for survival and trying to avoid the third 0-3 start in school history, and the second in five seasons. ND is a 3 1/2-point favorite to win at home. KEYS TO THE GAME: Notre Dame needs to leave last week's stunning loss in Ann Arbor and has to, in football terms, not let Michigan beat the Irish twice. But Brian Kelly has to also hope his players remember what mistakes can do to a team. ND has simply had too many turnovers while dropping the first two games of the season. The defense, slammed for the first time in a long time, also has to rebound. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Michael Floyd stayed and overcame his off-field trouble to go wild out of the gate with 25 catches. The 25 receptions tie him for the national lead. He was named FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: WR Michael Floyd didn't score a touchdown Saturday night, but he did have a career-high 13 catches and has 25 in the first two games. Tommy Rees, who got the starting quarterback spot back, did some good things and is clearly an offensive leader. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - Notre Dame enters this week's home game against Michigan State hoping to avoid what would be only the third 0-3 start in the proud program history. WR Michael Floyd grabbed a career-high 13 passes for 159 yards last week against Michigan. He became ND's all-time receiving yards leader, surpassing Brandon Tate's all-time mark. It was his school-record 15th 100-yard receiving game. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Michael Floyd - Off-field troubles aside, Floyd is a star receiver, grabbing 12 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. But he was also guilty of a holding penalty that called back a Cierre Wood TD run. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - WEEK 2, FIVE MATCHUPS TO WATCH: 2. Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd vs. Michigan CB Troy Woolfolk...Whether junior Dayne Crist or sophomore Tommy Rees (who nearly brought the team back against South Florida after Crist floundered last week) plays the majority of snaps for the Irish, they'll need to find Floyd to stay in step with Michigan QB Denard Robinson and the Wolverines' offense under the lights at The Big House. The Irish's best offensive weapon had the size advantage against South Florida's smaller corners last week, but Woolfolk's more physical game could be a tougher test. Floyd may not have great top-end speed, but running through tackle attempts by the son of former NFL running back Butch Woolfolk, separating with strong hands and arm extensions on out routes, and going over the top of the six-foot cornerback downfield will show scouts he can handle himself against pro defenders. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2011 - Michael Floyd says he's not counting. Notre Dame's top receiver set another school career record in last week's loss to South Florida. More are within his grasp as the Irish go to Michigan for a game Saturday night. Floyd had 12 catches last week in the 23-20 loss, giving him 183 for his career and allowing him to pass Jeff Samardzija (179), now a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Floyd also caught a pair of TD passes, giving him 30 for his career and padding the school record he already owned. He'll need just 15 yards at Michigan Stadium to pass former teammate Golden Tate for the most receiving yards in school history. Floyd also needs one more 100-yard receiving game to tie Tate, who had 15 of them during his stay with the Irish. Floyd returned to the team last month following his suspension for a drunken driving arrest in March. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Michael Floyd avoided school suspension for his DUI arrest and returns as one of the best wideouts in the country. He has a lot to prove, on and off the field. "I embarrassed myself, my family, the university, my football team and many more people," he said. "I know it will take time to earn the trust and confidence from everyone I let down last spring but I am prepared to do so and will strive to become not just a leader on the team again, but one also in the community." - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - WEEK 1 FIVE ON THE SPOT: 3. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame Arrested in March -- his third alcohol-related offense since 2009 -- Floyd was suspended by Irish coach Brian Kelly until the team needed him back for fall practice. Floyd returns but his miles to go in trying to earn back the respect of fans, coaches, teammates -- and NFL scouts. Getting back to the Saturday showcase can only help his cause based on the last time Floyd took the field, making plays over Miami (Fla.) cornerback Brandon Harris using his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame in the Irish Sun Bowl win. He uses his thick upper body and long arms to win physical battles downfield. Proving his straight-line speed and foot quickness, both needed to make strong cuts against veteran NFL corners, is the prerequisite for Floyd earning a first round grade. Floyd also must improve his consistency using his hands to secure catches against a hungry South Florida team this weekend, as they will challenge him during and after the catch. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

08/16/2011 - Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd says he's concentrating on football and has put his troubled past behind him. Floyd, a senior who has caught more TD passes than any player in school history, was reinstated to the team earlier this month. He had been suspended by coach Brian Kelly after he was arrested for drunken driving in March. Kelly said he is convinced Floyd has changed his life. Floyd reiterated Tuesday at the school's media day that he was committed to making better decisions and moving forward. - AP Sports

08/03/2011 - Notre Dame has reinstated wide receiver Michael Floyd to the football team four months after his arrest on drunken driving charges. Coach Brian Kelly suspended Floyd a day after his arrest. Kelly said Wednesday that he was comfortable with Floyd's return because the senior has shown personal growth. The 21-year-old Floyd pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to a year of probation. He was arrested about 3 a.m. March 20 after running a stop sign a block from the school's main entrance. Prosecutors say a breath test showed Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving. Floyd holds the school record for touchdown catches (28) and ranks second in school history in catches (171). - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Floyd, who is currently suspended from the Fighting Irish football team, enters his final year at Notre Dame with the most touchdown receptions, second-most catches and third-most receiving yards in school history. He has tallied 171 career receptions for 2,539 yards and 28 touchdowns in 30 career games (29 starts). Only Jeff Samardzija (179) has recorded more catches than Floyd and only Golden Tate (2,707) and Samardzija (2,593) have totaled more career receiving yards. He has registered 13 games in his career with at least 100 receiving yards (tied for second with Tom Gatewood; Golden Tate had 15) and Floyd's 84.6 receiving yards per game is the best career average of any Notre Dame player. - Notre Dame football

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Floyd, who is currently suspended from the Fighting Irish football team, enters his final year at Notre Dame with the most touchdown receptions, second-most catches and third-most receiving yards in school history. He has tallied 171 career receptions for 2,539 yards and 28 touchdowns in 30 career games (29 starts). Only Jeff Samardzija (179) has recorded more catches than Floyd and only Golden Tate (2,707) and Samardzija (2,593) have totaled more career receiving yards. He has registered 13 games in his career with at least 100 receiving yards (tied for second with Tom Gatewood; Golden Tate had 15) and Floyd's 84.6 receiving yards per game is the best career average of any Notre Dame player. - Notre Dame football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Floyd enters his final year at Notre Dame with the most touchdown receptions, second-most receptions and third-most receiving yards for a career in Irish history. He has tallied 171 career catches for 2,539 yards with 28 touchdowns and started 29 of the 30 games he played for the Irish. Only Jeff Samardzija (179) has recorded more receptions than Floyd and only Golden Tate (2,707) and Samardzija (2,593) have totaled more career receiving yards than Floyd. He has registered 13 games in his career with at least 100 receiving yards (tied for second with Tom Gatewood; Golden Tate had 15) and Floyd's 84.6 receiving yards per game is the best career average of any Notre Dame player. Notre Dame is one of 17 teams with at least two student-athletes on the Maxwell Award Watch List. - Notre Dame football

06/29/2011 - Suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor drunken driving and was sentenced to a year of probation. St. Joseph County Magistrate Brian Steinke gave Floyd a one-year jail sentence that was suspended as part of a plea agreement. He also said Floyd cannot drive for 90 days and once when he does, he must have an ignition device installed on his vehicle for six months that won't allow it to start if his blood-alcohol level is too high. The 21-year-old Floyd was fined $200 and ordered to attend a victim impact panel to hear from people whose family members were killed in drunken driving accidents. Floyd, who has had two previous incidents involving alcohol, left court quickly after the hearing and declined to comment. He only spoke briefly during the hearing, answering yes to several questions from the judge. He had not been in court for two previous hearings. Floyd was arrested at 3:18 a.m. March 20 after running a stop sign a block from the school's main entrance. Prosecutors say a breath test showed Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving. Floyd's attorney, William Stanley, told reporters after the hearing that his client accepted full responsibility from the start. "Never once did he ever try to give an excuse as to his actions or ever try to mitigate the seriousness of the offense," he said. Coach Brian Kelly suspended Floyd, Notre Dame's leading receiver last season, after his arrest. Earlier this month, the coach said Floyd would be allowed to participate in voluntary workouts with the team this summer and strength and conditioning exercises supervised by staff. Kelly said Floyd still had steps he must take to be reinstated to the team, but didn't specify what those steps were. - AP Sports

06/07/2011 - Suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd will be allowed to participate in voluntary workouts this summer with the team, but the senior has not been reinstated. Notre Dame made the announcement Monday. Floyd was suspended by coach Brian Kelly after he was arrested in March and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving. He has pleaded not guilty and his attorney has said he expects to work out a plea deal. Floyd is Notre Dame's career leader in touchdown catches (28) and ranks second in school history in catches (171) and third in receiving yards (2,539). He decided to forgo the NFL and come back to school for one more season. Kelly says Floyd has made progress toward "modifying his behavior ...." "However, Michael still has steps to take before he can be considered for reinstatement to our football team." - AP Sports

06/07/2011 - Suspended Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd hopes to have a plea deal in place by the end of June on a misdemeanor drunken driving arrest, his attorney said Tuesday. St. Joseph County Magistrate Brian Steinke granted attorney William Stanley's request Tuesday that the case be delayed until June 29 so he can obtain the narrative of the arrest report. "As soon as Michael and I have a chance to review that, we'll sit down with the deputy prosecutor and see if we can come up with a resolution," Stanley said. The 21-year-old Floyd, who didn't attend Tuesday's hearing, was arrested March 20 after authorities said he ran a stop sign near the school. Prosecutors say a breathalyzer test showed Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving. If convicted, the 21-year-old Floyd faces up to a year in jail. On Monday, Notre Dame announced that Floyd could take part in voluntary workouts this summer led by Irish players and strength and conditioning exercises supervised by the school's strength and conditioning staff, but said he has not been reinstated to the team. Floyd was suspended by coach Brian Kelly from working out with the team starting the day after he was arrested. Kelly said in a news release Monday night that Floyd still has steps he must take to be reinstated, but didn't specify what those steps are. "If he meets the conditions I have outlined to him and he demonstrates improved decision-making skills, Michael will have the opportunity to rejoin the team for practices and games this fall," Kelly said. "If he doesn't meet every criteria given to him, Michael will not play for Notre Dame in 2011." Floyd was Notre Dame's leading receiver last season and is the school's career leader in touchdown catches (28), ranks second in school history in catches (171) and third in receiving yards (2,539). - AP Sports

05/25/2011 - While suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd continues to try to take steps out of limbo, Irish head football coach Brian Kelly spelled out Tuesday just what that journey needs to look like. "We're looking at Mike as an ???all in or not' situation," Kelly told the South Bend Tribune. "In other words, he's changing his life or he's not. If he changes the way he's lived his life, he'll play every game for us. If he doesn't, he won't play one down here at Notre Dame. "He is at that level. This is not, ???I'm going to slap you on the hand and sit you for two games' - because I don't want to read about him in a year, where it says, ???Ex-Notre Dame player arrested for X-Y-Z.' That will be a failing on my part if that happens." Floyd, a 21-year-old senior-to-be from St. Paul, Minn., was arrested on the Notre Dame campus on March 20 for drunk driving. Police say he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.19. Indiana's legal driving limit is 0.08. It was the third alcohol-related run-in with the law for ND's leading receiver in 2010 and team MVP since he arrived on campus in the summer of 2008. - Eric Hansen, The South Bend Tribune

05/02/2011 - Suspended Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd hopes to have a plea deal in place on his misdemeanor drunken driving charge before his next court appearance in June, his attorney said Monday. Magistrate Brian Steinke entered a not guilty plea on Floyd's behalf early Monday. Floyd was not present and a status hearing was scheduled for June 7. "I suspect we'll come up with a resolution. At the present time I don't anticipate this is going to be set for trial," attorney William Stanley said. Authorities say Floyd was arrested at 3:18 a.m. March 20 after running a stop sign a block from the school's main entrance. Prosecutors say a breathalyzer test showed Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving. If found guilty of the Class A misdemeanor, Floyd faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail. Coach Brian Kelly suspended Floyd after his arrest and said it would not be lifted until Floyd changes his behavior and both the legal and university discipline procedures ran their course. Kelly had no comment on Monday's hearing other than to say he remains a suspended member of the football team, said Brian Hardin, Notre Dame's director of football media relations. Stanley said he doesn't know what it will take for Floyd to be reinstated on the football team, but said it was good that the school's disciplinary panel allowed him to stay in school. "He's doing very well. He's addressing all those issues. It was good getting the administrative matter done. We just want to proceed accordingly and dispose of this as quickly as possible," Stanley said. The 21-year-old Floyd was twice cited in his home state of Minnesota for underage consumption of alcohol, in 2009 and 2010. - AP Sports

 
 
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