Already missing their second-leading receiver due to injury, Notre Dame could certainly use the services of their top pass catcher this weekend.
If it’s up to Michael Floyd, that will indeed be the case.
Floyd has been hampered by a hamstring injury throughout the week and did not practice Wednesday. While he’s not certain how much he’ll play, the junior says he’ll be on the field against Navy.
“I’ll tell you right now I’m going to play,” Floyd said according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t know how much I’m going to play. But we’ll see.”
Head coach Brian Kelly has labeled Floyd as a game-time decision, and said the Irish will continue easing the receiver back into practice Thursday.
“Just making sure he’s alert and knows everything we’re doing within our game plan,” Kelly said. “He wants to get out there. We’re not going to do anything with him until [today]. We’ll move him around [today]. I don’t want to do too much with him until game time and the we’ll see how he feels.
“They think if we give him 72 hours with the treatment we put him on, that should put him in a pretty good position for Saturday ad we’ll just see how he looks and make a decision.”
Floyd’s totals of 44 receptions, 624 yards and six touchdowns all lead the Irish.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.