|No. 15 Arizona Cardinals|
|Date of birth:November 27, 1989|
|Place of birth: Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|High School: Saint Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall|
|College: Notre Dame|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13|
|Debuted in 2012 for the Arizona Cardinals|
|*Arizona Cardinals ( 2012–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
Michael Floyd (born November 27, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Notre Dame. He was drafted in the 1st round, 13th overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
High school career[edit | edit source]
Floyd attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he recorded 59 receptions for 1,247 yards (21.1 avg.) and 17 TDs as a senior and added 497 rushing yards on 43 carries (11.6 avg.). He also returned 16 punts for 373 yards (23.3 avg.) and four touchdowns, helping to lead his high school team to a 13-1 record and appearance in the state championship game. In order to afford the school, Floyd worked off a scholarship by helping the custodial staff clean the school before the day started. Floyd was named Minnesota Player of the Year twice by the Associated Press and Gatorade (2007, 2008). He was a USA Today High School All-American in 2007 and was picked to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
College career[edit | edit source]
As a true freshman at Notre Dame, Floyd played in 11 of Notre Dame's 13 games on the year, only missing the final two games of the regular season (Syracuse and USC) due to an injury sustained early (third play of the game) against Navy. He recorded seven touchdown receptions on the year, breaking the record for an Irish rookie (previously held by teammate Duval Kamara's four TDs in 2007), while catching 48 balls to break another Notre Dame freshman record in receptions (Kamara had 32 in 2007). His 719 receiving yards set the mark for Notre Dame first-year players (Tony Hunter had 690 in 1979).
Floyd began his sophomore season in stunning fashion with 3 touchdowns and 189 yards receiving on only 4 receptions. Later in the season, Floyd suffered a fractured clavicle, which would prevent him from playing in 5 of Notre Dame's 12 games. He would return from that injury and finish the season with 9 receiving touchdowns and almost 800 receiving yards in just 7 games of action.
In 2010, Floyd would start every game leading the Irish to an 8-5 record. He would end the season with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 79 catches ranked second in Notre Dame single-season history, while his 12 touchdowns tied for fourth most in a season and his 1,025 receiving yards ranked seventh. Floyd would be named MVP for Notre Dame and the Sun Bowl.
After receiving a citation for drunken driving on March 20, 2011, Floyd was suspended indefinitely from the Notre Dame football team on March 21, 2011. The suspension was lifted August 3, 2011, allowing him to return playing football at Notre Dame without missing any games of the 2011-2012 season. Coach Kelly would not however allow Floyd to remain team captain leaving senior Harrison Smith the lone captain. 
After being suspended from team activities for several months, Floyd was reinstated in August just as fall practice began. In 2011, he would start every game leading the Irish to once again, an 8-5 record. He would finish the season with 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and 9 touchdowns, including one rushing touchdown. His 100 catches marked a new career best, and also set a new school record, surpassing former teammate Golden Tate's 93 receptions in 2009. He also set new school records for career receptions (271), career 100-yd games (16), receiving yards (3,689), and receiving touchdowns (37).
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Floyd was officially picked as the 13th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft joining the Arizona Cardinals to play alongside Larry Fitzgerald, another Minnesota native. This gives the Cardinals a formidable 1-2 punch at receiver.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 2 5/8 in||220 lb||4.47 s||1.57 s||36 1/2 in||10 ft 2 in||16 rep|
|“||"I love this marriage. I'll tell you something right now, there is not a better role model for him in the NFL at the wide receiver position than Larry Fitzgerald. He will mentor this kid and get the most out of him."
-Mike Mayock, former NFL safety current NFL Network and NBC Sports analyst
Arizona Cardinals[edit | edit source]
2012 Season[edit | edit source]
Floyd began the 2012 NFL season as a backup wide receiver. He did not record any stats in the team's first two games against Seattle and New England. Floyd's first career reception was a juggling 8-yard touchdown off a deflected pass in a 27-6 win against Philadelphia. As the season progressed, Floyd began to receive increased targets and playing time. He caught 5 passes for 80 yards in a loss at Green Bay, both of which were career highs at the time. He had the best statistical game of his career in the Cardinals' season finale against the 49ers, where he had 8 receptions (on 14 targets) for 166 yards and a touchdown. Arizona did not make the playoffs, so Floyd ended his first career NFL season with 45 receptions for 566 yards and 2 touchdowns.
References[edit | edit source]
- "NFL Draft - 2012 WR Draft Prospects", CBSSports.com, http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/TSX/2012_WR
- Lourie, Steven. "Arizona Cardinals 2012 Draft Grades". http://www.footballfanspot.com/cardinalsdraft2012.htm. Retrieved 5/1/12.
- "2007 High School All-Americans", USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/sports/graphics/2007_allusa_team/flash.htm
- Rivals.com wide receivers 2008, January 16, 2008, http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1823&Year=2008
- "Michael Floyd suspended for DUI charge". ESPN. 21 March 2011. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6242523. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
[edit | edit source]