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Irish Insights


Kelly on Floyd

Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd had a little more room to operate Saturday night against Michigan State.

Slot receiver Theo Riddick's breakout 10-catch, 128-yard, 1-touchdown performance helped, but coach Brian Kelly said moving Floyd around to create coverage advantages also factored into Floyd's production.

Floyd had six catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

"I think part of the game plan is always to move Michael around so he doesn't get caught in the short field and have coverage over the top," Kelly said. "We try to move him inside out to the wide field which makes it more difficult to cover him. On the touchdown throw, the first one, we got him to the wide field. On other instances, we got him inside out off of a safety. Part of our game plan is to move him around."

What Kelly wants to see now is the ball to stop moving out of Floyd's hands.

The receiver fumbled in the red zone for the second time this season when Michigan State's Chris Norman knocked the ball out of Floyd's hands in the second quarter at the Spartans' 11-yard line.

"We just clearly have to take care of the football," Kelly said. "He's a big, strong kid. There's no excuse why the ball should be on the ground. That's something he's gotta do. We coach it every day. He's gotta pick up his end and make sure he secures the football."