Michael Floyd plans to return to Notre Dames football team as the same player he was before a DWI arrest put his future in question.
He will just be a player who makes better decisions off the field.
I dont think the personality changes, Floyd told reporters during a Wednesday news conference in South Bend. This is who I am. When its fun time, its fun time. Its time to joke around. But when it comes down to it, when the chips are down, Im ready to go.
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound receiver was reinstated to the team Wednesday about 4 1/2 months after he was arrested on DWI charges March 20.
The next day, coach Brian Kelly indefinitely suspended Floyd after the the receivers third alcohol-related arrest since 2009.
But after being disciplined by the legal system and university, Kelly said during the news conference that Floyd met the criteria laid out for his return.
This has been a process for us, Kelly said. Michael has done the things that Ive asked him to do over the last 4 1/2 months, and I feel really good about giving him this opportunity to be part of our football team.
This was not something that was prearranged. It was a process that had to play itself out.
Floyd, 21, was arrested after running a stop sign near Notre Dames main entrance March 20. St. Joseph County prosecutors said he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indianas legal limit.
In April, Floyd avoided suspension from Notre Dames Office of Residence Life, which handles disciplinary actions at the university. He agreed to attended counseling, perform community service and will live on campus during his final year at Notre Dame.
After missing spring practice because of the suspension, Kelly allowed Floyd to participate in voluntary summer workouts with the team.
In June, Floyd pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
He received a year of probation, was fined $200, ordered to attend a victim impact panel and had his license suspended for 90 days. Floyd will have an ignition device installed on his vehicle for six months that wont allow it to start if his blood-alcohol level is too high.
The last four months have been the most humbling stretch of time in my life, Floyd said in a statement on Notre Dames website.
Kelly said he wasnt worried about the perception that Floyd is getting off light by not missing any playing time when the season starts with a home game against South Florida on Sept. 9.
Im not concerned with public perception, Kelly said. It came down to he followed through with the things I thought he needed to do to change his life.
Floyds return will keep Notre Dame from having to dramatically change its offense. Floyd had 79 receptions for 1,025 yards with 12 touchdowns last season, while the rest of the Irishs returning receivers combined for 92 catches for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns.
Floyd said Wednesday he has been in bars since being arrested, but he said he hasnt drank in bars and is hanging out with a group of friends who make better choices and avoid trouble.
Its a social thing, but I make sure I make good decisions and lay low on the whole thing and just stop the drinking, Floyd said. Every time I think about it, I know whats at stake.