SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd is still a work in progress as a punt returner.
The senior started sharing that role with former Bishop Dwenger star John Goodman in the Irishs 59-33 win over Air Force before the bye week. And he expects to be better at returning punts, if he gets the chance, against USC (5-1) in Saturdays night game at Notre Dame (4-2).
You know, Im not the best at it. Im working at it, Floyd said. Its just all about preparation, practice, getting the technique down.
Floyd volunteered for the return duty to try and help Notre Dame improve on its 0.3-yard return average.
I told (coach Brian Kelly) I want to be in that position and I want to try, Floyd said. I did it in high school. I felt confident that me being back there, you know, I can make a big play.
Thats what Im trying to do. When Im back there, thats what Im trying to do every single time.
Kelly brought a helmet with him to his Wednesday session with the media, because the coach was so happy that the paint job is finally right.
Kelly said athletic director Jack Swarbrick and he were unhappy with how the gold helmets were looking, so equipment manager Ryan Grooms went to work on a new helmet that was tested under an HD camera and no longer requires repainting.
We feel like weve finally got the gold the right way, Kelly said. Its not those different shades weve seen over the years. Were pretty excited about it, and well wear it this weekend.
Kelly still wouldnt say whether the Irish would wear their green jerseys Saturday.
Tracking the Irish
Notre Dame fans can keep track of the football team even more thanks to a new smart-phone application called Huddle Up. The app allows fans to keep track of what the Irish players and their opponents are saying on their Twitter accounts and what the local media is saying about the football team. The Huddle Up app costs 99 cents.