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Floyd and Allen vow to be ready for Navy

Oct 21, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

While two of Notre Dame’s most important offensive weapons, Kyle Rudolph and Theo Riddick, are already out for Saturday’s game against Navy, two others are doing their best to make sure they’ll be on the field.

Senior Armando Allen, who played only briefly against Western Michigan, was adamant he’ll be ready for Navy.

“Without a doubt, I’m ready for Saturday,” Allen said. “Pretty much right now everything is a go. I went through the whole practice, so everything is pretty set in stone that I’ll be ready for Saturday.”

Another integral cog of the offensive attack, Michael Floyd, is battling what head coach Brian Kelly called a game-time decision. But that didn’t stop Floyd from pronouncing he’ll be ready to play.

“I’m saying right now, I’m going to play,” Floyd said. “I don’t know how much I’m going to play. But we’ll see.”

Last year, Allen missed the Navy game with an injury while Floyd returned from a broken collarbone to make 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.  But a redzone miscommunication with quarterback Jimmy Clausen was one of three Notre Dame turnovers that contributed to the 23-21 loss, a defeat made even more maddening considering kicker Nick Tausch missed two field goals and Ben Turk never attempted a punt.

You’ve got to think the opponent and the circumstances of last year’s loss provides plenty of motivation for two of Notre Dame’s best weapons as they rehab during this week off from classes.

  1. jerseyshorendfan1 - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    (formerly Art Vandelay) I am not too concerned about AA playing vs Navy, especially seeing how well Cierre Wood ran last week. Let AA rest some more if need be. I am concerned about a loss of Floyd and what that does to our gameplanning. MMF showed flashes of brilliance again last week with the hat trick but he has been really injury prone throughout his career so far. I’d like to see him get through the season and live up to his All American potential.

    • bostonjan - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:09 PM

      Art…i believe the gameplan remains the same = control the trenches on both sides of the ball, play with discipline (execute my assignment/trust teammates), win the mistake (turnover + penalty) battle.

      Despite our injuries, I see ND pulling all of these together this week. Navy’s center and both guards are starting for the first time this year and their returning starter at RT is injured. Likewise, their starting NG and Safety are injured and gameday decisions. I predict that ND will put this game away early….call me overly optimistic.

      The 1960s ND Glee Clubbers are having a mini reunion at this game. We’ll be informally gathering at Charlie Brown’s by the Stadium on Friday evening and after the game on Sat. If Keith ends up in the area, let’s tempt him to join us and any other bloggers for a beer at this venue.

      boston jan (formerly jan)

      • papadec - Oct 22, 2010 at 1:52 AM

        Yo Bro – have a cold one for your B-Day. Here’s hoping the Irish D-Line does what you, “Spook Oliver” & I used to do up @ Greenfield to the backs, especially the QB, on Saturday. GO IRISH !!!!!!!!

  2. borromini - Oct 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Would also like to see Hughes get some carries against the Midshipmen.

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