Michael Floyd cleared another hurdle in his bid to be reinstated to rejoin the Notre Dame football team on Monday.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced in a statement that Notre Dame’s star wide receiver would be able to participate in voluntary team workouts and strength and conditioning activities this summer, but stopped short of saying Floyd was ready to be reinstated. Instead, Kelly said that Floyd still has some work to do before he is officially back on the team.
Michael has made steady progress towards modifying his behavior and he may participate in the voluntary workouts being conducted by his teammates as well as the summer strength and conditioning program, if he so chooses,” Kelly said. “However, Michael still has steps to take before he can be considered for reinstatement to our football team. 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. If he doesn’t meet every criteria given to him, Michael will not play for Notre Dame in 2011.
After sitting out the entire spring, this news is significant since Floyd has not been able to catch passes from any of the Irish quarterbacks since the Sun Bowl on New Years Eve. Participating in strength and conditioning activities should also help Floyd get back into playing shape and ready for fall camp should he be reinstated by Kelly.
Floyd has been working towards reinstatement since his off-season arrest for driving under the influence and so far it at least appears as though he is on pace to be back with the Irish this fall. After escaping punishment from Res-Life in the spring, it seemed likely that Floyd would be on the field on some this fall, but Brian Kelly has since said that Floyd will either be a member of the Irish in 2011 for every game or no games.
At this point it still is not clear when a final decision will be made regarding Floyd’s status with the team by Kelly or even what criteria Floyd has met or needs to meet yet in order to be reinstated. What is clear, however, is that it looks like Floyd is at least on a path towards reinstatement.
Getting Floyd back for the entire 2011 would greatly enhance Notre Dame’s chances for a BCS run and his value to the team can’t be overstated. Right now Notre Dame just does not have another receiver capable of providing what he brings to the Irish offense and if he is on the field this fall, the Notre Dame offense has the potential to be potent.
With fall camp inching closer and Kelly’s statements that it’s all or nothing for Floyd in 2011 it might not be too much longer until we find out whether #3 will be terrorizing secondaries for another season in South Bend.
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