Michael Floyd doesn't look like a freshman in any way -- in physique or in skill level. So when Floyd receives praise from both the head coach and sophomore quarterback, it isn't shocking. And it'd be more of a surprise if Floyd isn't on the field playing major minutes this fall.
"The feedback on Michael Floyd from Jimmy has been through the roof. It's been very, very, very good, very, very, very positive," Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis said. "You know, look at him physically, he doesn't, once again, I don't know but when you see him out there in practice, he doesn't look like a freshman. He looks like an upperclassman that's been around a long time. You look at him and say that's what I'm talking about.
"With that being said, I think that you'd like to have one or two guys. Let's say that Duval (Kamara) and David (Grimes) are your starting wide receivers right now. I think between those two guys you'd like to see another couple of guys that you think could come out there and play football, no doubt about it.
"I don't mean just playing okay, I don't mean playing just consistently, I mean guys that can make game-breaking plays. I think that it's going to be interesting, because the competition is going to be very, very good. Because there's not a changeover, there's just added players."
The quarterback -- Clausen -- wasn't as effusive, but then again, he was Weis' source.
"He looked good. Not just him but all the receivers," Clausen said. "He's a great athlete, just like the rest of the receiving corps we have.
"He's strong, fast, everything. I can't spill all the beans right now. You guys are going to have to wait until Sept. 6 to see him live. He's a real good athlete.