2012 Fantasy Football Preview: WR

As the NFL season gets closer every day, so does your fantasy draft. Stephen Kelley’s fantasy football previews continue with a look at the surprisingly deep wide receiver position.

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Chicago Bears 2012 Draft: breaking it down

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A lot of people have Michael Floyd of Notre Dame mocked to the Chicago Bears in their mock drafts. SO before delving into who I have the Bears taking, I should explain why I don’t have them grabbing Floyd; using excerpts from my mock draft to break it all down.

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2012 NFL Draft – Top Pass Catchers

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1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (6-1, 207): Blackmon is an extremely strong player who is aggressive at when the ball is in the air. [Read more…]

2012 NFL Draft Combine winners and losers: wide receivers

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It’s combine time, the male version of a swimsuit calendar shoot. But don’t get too high or too low about this stuff. Like my friend Bill Smith says, “beware the workout warrior.” The site of the past Super Bowl, Indianapolis is also hosting the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. Let’s take a look at who’s draft stock is trading higher and who’s trading lower after the workouts.

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Notre Dame Football Has Some Serious Issues

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The Fighting Irish lost five of thirteen games on their schedule this season. This is unacceptable for the most prominent college football program in the country.

The team has floundered ever since the Lou Holtz tenure ended. There are some glaring obstacles to success that must be addressed before moving forward.

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Notre Dame vs Florida State: Champs Sports Bowl Preview!!

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On Thursday, December 29th, at 5:31 pm EST, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Seminoles of Florida State in the …

Champs Sports Bowl?

Yep, the Champs Sports Bowl.

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Notre Dame Football and Brian Kelly: How does this story end?

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Halfway through his second season at the pressure-packed helm of Notre Dame football, Brian Kelly has experienced horrible tragedy and made almost every mistake imaginable.

From the death of Declan Sullivan to horrible public admission that the players he recruited were on a different level than those he inherited, Kelly has done a lot in creating the minefield he has to navigate daily.

After finishing last season with a four-game winning streak and a lopsided bowl victory over one-time-rival Miami in the Sun Bowl, a lot was expected of the 2011 Fighting Irish.

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Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd: 3rd or 4th Best Pro Prospect at Receiver?

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There are some that would say that Michael Floyd wasn’t even the best receiver on the field on the evening Notre Dame took on USC. And Floyd failed to even surpass the thirty yard mark against the Trojans; which gave the critics more ammunition. Of course, he made up for it yesterday with a 120+ yards receiving and a touchdown versus Navy. Yeah, it’s Navy, but we know what issues the Irish have had with them lately.

Floyd will surpass the thousand yard mark for the second consecutive season. His ability to block down the field to create big plays for others will be vital in the NFL. His size is also coveted by general managers at the next level. Some others deserve to be mentioned in the conversation, but none surpass him in terms of potential.

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Notre Dame’s Cierre Wood, Michael Floyd Put Up Big Numbers in Losses

This college football preseason some publications had Notre Dame as a top ten team, contending for a BCS bowl. This week, they enter a tough match-up with the #16 Michigan State Spartans sporting a surprising 0-2 record, meaning it’s going to take an extremely unlikely running of the table (with a top ten team in Stanford still left on the schedule) to fulfill those expectations.

But don’t blame the Irish weapons on offense for the awful start. Tailback Cierre Wood ran for over a C-note in both games (versus USF, he became the first Irish runner to top 100 yards since Armando Allen in 2009) and he finished with 134 yards and a TD in the loss to Michigan.

Back up Jonas Gray also had a big day in Ann Arbor. As Coach Brian Kelly said post game, it was Gray’s best game of his career thus far.

“It’s only getting started, we’re still working things out right now, but that’s something we wanted to build on and we finally have that now,” Wood said in the loss.

“So we’re going to work on improving our run game even more.”

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#16 Notre Dame Loses Long and Bizarre Opener to South Florida

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Murphy’s law is an epigram typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” And it pretty much summed up the season opener for the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as they dropped a 23-20 decision to the South Florida Bulls. USF came in ten point underdogs, despite being a Big East conference favorite by many college football experts.

I guess it’s fitting that a law with an Irish name was in effect for a team nicknamed the Irish. Here are just a few things that went wrong for ND: they turned it over three times inside the USF five yard line; finished the game -5 in turnover differential, had -2 punt return yards, entered the red zone six times, but scored just twice, their kicker who had a perfect season last fall missed a chip shot field goal, and the loss came despite perfectly doubling their opponent yardage (508-254).

However, in spite of all that; the weather was the real story.

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Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd Seeks to Put Offseason Drama Behind Him

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If storyline #1 surrounding Notre Dame football this preseason is who will be the #1 quarterback?, as senior Dayne Crist battles sophomore Tommy Rees for the coveted QB1 gig, then storyline #2 is Michael Floyd and his reinstatement back into the program.

Floyd led the team last season with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns but was suspended after his third alcohol-related offense this past spring. (Or at least what is spring on the calendar, if not in weather. It freakin SNOWED at the spring game this year, held on April 14th)

Floyd worked his way out of college football purgatory and back onto the team. Still, it’s safe to say that his conduct makes him metaphorically batting with an 0-2 count. Probably, an 0-2 count with numerous pitches fouled off, which I know is the same exact thing as an 0-2 count, but the point is, Floyd needs to be on his best behavior this season.

And he’s ready to move on.

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Notre Dame Officially Reinstates Wide Receiver Michael Floyd

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We knew this day was coming, we just didn’t know when. And for those who believe University of Notre Dame football is really overrated this season, their primary reason is usually the Michael Floyd question. Well that’s been answered. The senior wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award candidate has been reinstated as an active member of the Fighting Irish football team, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced Wednesday.

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