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Floyd drafted by Arizona

April 26, 2012|by Pete Byrne (pmbyrne@wsbt.com)

NEW YORK – Former University of Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. 

Floyd is the highest-drafted player from Notre Dame since defensive tackle Bryant Young was the seventh-overall selection by San Francisco in the 1994 draft. Floyd is the first Notre Damewide receiver to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since Tim Brown in 1988 (sixth overall by Oakland) and is the earliest an offensive player from Notre Dame has been drafted since quarterback Rick Mirer and running back Jerome Bettis were selected with the second and 10th picks, respectively, of the 1993 draft by Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams.

“I could not be happier for Michael and his family,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “I’ve said many times I have never coached a person as talented as Michael, and his selection tonight shows that. Michael’s work ethic and passion for football are unparalleled and fans of the Cardinals will love the productivity he’ll bring to Arizona’s offense.”

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The most prolific wide receiver in Notre Dame history, Floyd owns five career receiving records, ranks in the top 10 on 11 single-season receiving lists and is in the top 10 on nine single-game lists. He is the Notre Dame career record holder for receptions (271), receiving yards (2,686), receiving touchdowns (37), average yards receiving per game (85.7) and games with at least 100 receiving yards (17).

In his final season with the Fighting Irish in 2011, Floyd set a school record with 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine TDs.


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