With Duval Kamara set to leave the program and the NFL decision of Michael Floyd still a question, the wide receiver position at Notre Dame could be a position of strength... or a position with a major question entering 2011.
Where The Program Stands Now
Set To Leave Program At End Of Season
Patrick Coughlin – Senior (Walk-On)
Dan Franco – Senior (Walk-On)
Barry Gallup – Senior
Chris Gurries – Senior (Walk-On)
Derry Herlihy – Senior (Walk-On)
Duval Kamara – Senior
Kamara enjoyed a strong end to his career and will be remembered for some key touchdown catches as the season drew to a close. But one class below Kamara's, the current juniors, has a pressing question to answer.
Set To Return
(Class as of this season)
Austin Collinsworth – Freshman
Michael Floyd – Junior
Bennett Jackson – Freshman
TJ Jones – Freshman
Theo Riddick – Sophomore
Daniel Smith – Freshman
Robby Toma – Sophomore
Deion Walker – JuniorJohn Goodman - Junior
If Michael Floyd is a member of the Irish next season, fans should expect a strong receiving group to take the field. Floyd, Jones, and Riddick can all be stars in Brian Kelly's offensive attack. With the rest of the group also having talent, look for the passing game to take another step forward in 2011.
Shuffle The Deck
There are still questions on the future position of Collinsworth, but the most talked about player is Michael Floyd and if he'll return for his senior season or leave for the NFL. Bennett Jackson showed well on special teams, while TJ Jones and Theo Riddick showed the skill level Brian Kelly will be glad to use in the coming seasons. Toma and Goodman are solid and Daniel Smith has great potential.
Recruiting In 2011
Both players have the size Kelly wants from the receiver position and have the makings of being great players during their Irish careers.
Set To Visit
Miles Shuler is scheduled for his official visit on January 28 and things are looking good for the Irish, as Rutgers has shown serious struggles on the field. With the Irish getting the last visit, Shuler could be one that issues his pledge as he walks off campus.