ORLANDO, Fla. – Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd will end his career with a title he lost before the season.
Coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday that the senior receiver will be a game-day captain when the Irish (8-4) play No. 25 Florida State (8-4) in the Champs Sports Bowl tonight.
Floyd, who led the team with 95 receptions for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns, was going to be a captain this season before being stripped of the title after a DWI arrest in March.
“He’s exhibited all the things necessary that we’ve asked him to do,” Kelly said during Wednesday’s coaches news conference.
“He’s gotten his degree from Notre Dame. He’s lived his life the right way. He’s been extraordinary in his preparation in practice.
“He exhibits all of those traits that we feel are important to be a game-day captain.”
FSU receiver to play
Florida State receiver Bert Reed will not be held back by a hamstring injury he suffered near the beginning of bowl preparation.
The senior had 28 catches for 385 yards and four touchdowns.
“He will play in the game,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Florida State leads the nation in punting with a 47-yard average, but the Seminoles can also hurt teams with their return game.
Greg Reid averages 11.4 yards on punt returns and scored on an 83-yard return. Lamarcus Joyner averages 26.7 yards on kickoff returns, and the Seminoles averaged 24.8 return yards as a team.
“If you make a mistake against Florida State in coverage, if you make a mistake in protection, if you don’t tackle well, Florida State can put points on the board in special teams,” Kelly said.
“I think they’re the first team that we will play this year that have that kind of dynamic ability in their special teams.
“If you have two fairly evenly matched teams, sometimes special teams makes a big difference.”