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Irish Insights


Special connection?

With Tommy Rees starting at quarterback on Saturday night at Michigan, Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd could produced another big night.

For whatever reason the sophomore quarterback and senior receiver have clicked when they play together.

Floyd caught 10 of his career-high 12 receptions in the season-opening loss to South Florida from Rees. Floyd finished with 154 receiving yards against the Bulls.

Rees also played quarterback when Floyd caught 11 passes against Tulsa and USC last season.

"I think Tommy has a good on and off the field report with Mike, and I think Dayne did too," offensive coordinator Charley Molnar said. "(Rees) and Mike did seem to hook up a few times in the second half (against South Florida). Maybe that was just the nature of the way we had to play offense in the second half. And maybe the play design and the play calls and the defensive structure just happened to bring the ball to Mike. Tommy does a good job of distributing the ball. I really liken him to a point guard playing basketball. He just has great vision, gets the ball out of his hand and gets it to the right guy most of the time."