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.