Notre Dame fans have been spoiled at the wide receiver position with rare talents, almost as if it were normal.
Jeff Samardzija began the trend, followed by another record-breaking receiver in Golden Tate. Both of these former wideouts were special in their own way and appreciated just as Heisman trophy winner Tim Brown once was.
But no other Irish player has made as many strides and set as many records as current senior Michael Floyd has during his four years in South Bend. He may not win a Heisman trophy, but he will go down as the best receiver to come out of Notre Dame once his time is said and done.
His image and statistics are something that will linger with his Notre Dame legacy for years to come. Yes, he may have gotten in trouble for drinking a little too much (and inexcusably worse, behind a wheel of a car). But the way his judicial process was handled, and the maturity that has been displayed by Floyd has turned him from bad guy on campus into the never-forget-guy on campus.
Coming into school as one of the highest-rated receivers to ever make his way to Notre Dame, Floyd had Manti Teo-like expectations coming in. He was thought of as the changing point for this Irish offense under Charlie Weis.
A coaching change later, along with a few new quarterbacks, and Floyd has become of the most dominant players in all of college football. Through the air, on the ground and now even in the punt return game, the senior will undoubtedly be a top-10 pick in this year's upcoming NFL draft.
Yet on the field, you would never have guessed any of the above to be true. This is a player that understands the meaning of teamwork, exemplified by his huge improvements in run blocking that have sent Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood to the end zone multiple times already in 2011. He can officially do it all.
On his way to yet another 1,000-yard and double-digit touchdown season, Floyd should never be forgotten from his playing days donning the blue and gold. Fans have taken him for granted simply because they don't know what they truly have until it's gone.
When Michael Floyd is gone, his legacy and Irish lore will grow even larger. Appreciate him while you still can.
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