Such oversight won't be an issue when the 2010 list is revealed in August, as Floyd should be afforded pre-season status on nearly every All-America team and list of college football's best entering the fall.
Tuesday, both Floyd and classmate Kyle Rudolph were named as 2010 preseason first-team All-Americans by Lindy's. Floyd and Rudolph are the only teammates selected to the annual's first-team offense. The Irish tied Georgia, Nebraska, UCLA, and early October opponent Pittsburgh (RB Dion Lewis and DE Greg Romeus) as the only colleges with two pre-season selections.
Floyd leads all active FBS players in receiving yards per game (84.1), collecting 16 touchdowns in his 92 career receptions totaling 1,514 yards. Floyd has started 17 consecutive games in which he has appeared for the Irish after serving in a reserve role in his first collegiate game vs. San Diego State (a contest in which his first career reception resulted in a 22-yard touchdown grab).
The 6'3" junior has missed all or part of 9 games over the last two seasons due to knee and collarbone injuries.
As a sophomore in 2009, Rudolph was the only underclassman named as a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to college football's top tight end. According to Notre Dame sports information, of the eight Mackey Award semifinalists from last year, only Rudolph returns to compete in 2010.
Rudolph has corralled 62 receptions for 704 yards and five TDs in his 23 games in an Irish uniform. Rudolph missed all or part of four games last season due to a shoulder injury. The Irish finished 0-4 in those contests.
Lindy's All-America Offensive Team(2010 Irish opponents have been denoted by an *)
- QB Kellen Moore 6-0 187 Jr. Boise State
- RB Mark Ingram 5-10 215 Jr. Alabama
- RB *Dion Lewis 5-8 195 So. Pittsburgh
- WR Michael Floyd 6-3 220 Jr. Notre Dame
- WR A.J. Green 6-4 205 Jr. Georgia
- TE Kyle Rudolph 6-6 265 Jr. Notre Dame
- C Mike Pouncey 6-4 310 Sr. Florida
- OL Rodney Hudson 6-2 285 Sr. Florida State
- OL Stefen Wisniewski 6-3 297 Sr. Penn State
- OL Gabe Carimi 6-7 315 Sr. Wisconsin
- OL *Anthony Castonzo 6-7 295 Sr. Boston College
- PK Kai Forbath 6-0 192 Sr. UCLA
Lindy's All-America Defensive Team
- DL Adrian Clayborn 6-3 282 Sr. Iowa
- DL *Greg Romeus 6-6 270 Sr. Pittsburgh
- DL Stephen Paea 6-1 311 Sr. Oregon State
- DL Jared Crick 6-6 285 Jr. Nebraska
- LB *Greg Jones 6-1 228 Sr. Michigan State
- LB Von Miller 6-3 240 Sr. Texas A&M
- LB Quan Sturdivant 6-2 230 Jr. North Carolina
- CB Patrick Peterson 6-1 211 Jr. LSU
- CB Prince Amukamara 6-1 205 Sr. Nebraska
- S Rahim Moore 6-1 195 Jr. UCLA
- S DeAndre McDaniel 6-1 210 Sr. Clemson
- P Drew Butler 6-2 203 Jr. Georgia