Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd, a consistent bright spot in last year's lackluster offense, may not be around to shine when the university begins spring practice this Wednesday: the Fighting Irish phenom was was arrested on campus for driving under the influence in the wee hours of Sunday morning. His blood alcohol test results haven't been made public, but our Notre Dame blog is understandably exasperated at Floyd's attempt to Drink Like A Champion Today:
The severity of Floyd's punishment will obviously have a huge, huge impact on the upcoming season, and it is anyone's guess as to what that likely suspension will be. Rashon Powers-Neal, starting fullback on the 2005 team, was suspended for the rest of the season after he was picked up for a DUI in early October of that year. The administration has been slightly less draconian in recent years, going from kicking people out of school (Kyle McAlarney) for weed possession to no serious punishment for the same crime (Mike Ragone). This is more severe than that, and a dumb decision has put Floyd's future in an Irish uniform in jeopardy.
Floyd shocked pundits with his choice to return to South Bend for his senior year rather than enter the NFL draft as a junior. If he's still on the team when the Irish take the field in September, he'll be the centerpiece of an offense that looks to improve on last season's 34th-ranked passing unit. Floyd himself was the nation's 15th-ranked player in receptions per game, and hovered just outside the national top ten in average receiving yardage.