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Floyd helps freshman receiver

Notre Dame receiver Devonte' Neal is getting plenty of help as he transitions from high school to college.

The freshman is roommates with fellow slot receiver Robby Toma, who goes over everything from the playbook to what to do and not to do off the field.

Neal is also getting help from a former star Irish receiver.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., native formed a relationship with Michael Floyd after the former Irish standout was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.

"I called when he got drafted to the Cardinals, and I tried to get in touch with Michael Floyd," Neal said Monday. "I got in touch with him and we chatted over the phone. He basically gave me tips on what I could do transitioning into the next level, things that are going to be different. Things I need to change, and things I need to work on. I just thank Michael Floyd for helping me out."

Neal said he has stayed in touch with the receiver who set Notre Dame records for receptions (266), receiving yards (3,645), touchdown receptions (36), receiving yards per game (86.8) and 100-yard receiving games (17).

Neal said Floyd helped tell him about life at Notre Dame as a football player and away from the field.

"You have questions of how is Notre Dame? How is the academics? How are the people there?" Neal said. "He just basically told me, everybody loves Notre Dame football.… He told me I should have no problem handling it, because he handled it. He let me know it is fun."

For more on Neal and his fellow freshmen receivers Chris Brown and Justin Ferguson, see Tuesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit after 3 a.m. Tuesday.