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Riddick out, Floyd game-time decision as WRs depleted

Oct 19, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

During Brian Kelly’s Tuesday remarks, he announced that the wide receiving corp is definitely shy one more playmaker — and possible two — as they prepare for Navy.

Theo Riddick will be wearing a cast on his severely sprained ankle and unavailable for Saturday’s contest.

“We were fearful it would require surgery,” Kelly said. “Doesn’t look like it will.”

A week after breaking out for his best game of the season, the hamstring that made Michael Floyd a game time decision also could sideline him a week later.

“Michael Floyd, we’ll rest him this week relative to practice, but we are going to dress him for Saturday and see where he is,” Kelly said. “We probably won’t have a true understanding of what he can do until game time.”

In the span of two weeks, the Irish have seen their receiving weapons decimated by injury, with their second and third best aerial weapons out indefinitely and their number one target a coin-toss to play.

TJ Jones will slide into the slot to take Riddick’s job this week, and John Goodman will stay outside, a position he’s split reps at with Jones the past few weeks. Duval Kamara, a senior who has become the forgotten man on the depth chart, will be asked to fill Floyd’s shoes if he’s unable to go on Saturday.

Jones’ work in the slot during spring practice is the main reason the offense is able to make this change.

“We couldn’t have done it unless he played the Z,” Kelly said about Jones’ switch inside. “He played it all spring.”

The lost of Rudolph, Riddick, and potentially Floyd puts plenty of strain on quarterback Dayne Crist, who will be forced to throw to an incredibly green set of receivers if all three top targets miss Saturday’s contest.

  1. Irishfan1123 - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Looks like the running backs will get a lot of carries this weekend. Use Hughes and the big O-line to wear down Navy early, and then use Cierre Wood to run up and down the field.

  2. FightinMad35 - Oct 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    why am I not seeing Deion Walker’s name anywhere?? Is this kid as bad as it seems.. Toma, Jackson ahead of him??

  3. IrishAl81 - Oct 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Good point.

  4. Fitz - Oct 19, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Even before I heard about all the recent receiver woes I was thinking how I wanted to see some big rushing numbers against Navy this week. I think we’ll need to score on the ground at least twice, maybe three times if Floyd is out too. Does make me a little nervous though. We’re clearly way better than Navy but take any the majority of any teams top weapons and it’s not a good thing. Hughes, Wood and the O line are gonna have to be the guys for us this weekend, along with a strong defensive effort that’ll hopefully force at least a couple turnovers, maybe score themselves. If Floyd is out Jones is probably the best deep threat remaining. C’mon Irish sink Navy! We owe them a couple of embarrasing defeats!

  5. J - Oct 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    So much for the Longo “coat of armor.”

  6. TersigniND - Oct 19, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    J-this is football, players get hurt unfortunately, this has nothing to do with Longo’s program.
    I think he has done a great job, how many times last year did ND’s D tire out?

  7. Brian - Oct 20, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    what about Evans? That kid was good.

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