Floyd to be game-day captain

Michael Floyd will get to be a captain after all.

The senior wide receiver, who was slated to be a season captain before a third alcohol-related offense this past March landed him on probation, will join season captain Harrison Smith for the pregame coin toss before Thursday's Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State.

“I think I’ve said this before, but you’re in this business because you really love being around 18-21 year-olds and their development: their development as football players and their development as young men because there is so much time that you invest," coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday. "In this profession, when you get to see a guy change his life after adversity, that’s really what makes it special.

"He has exhibited all the things necessary that we have asked him to do. He’s gotten his degree from Notre Dame, he’s lived his life the right way and he’s been extraordinary in his preparation and practice. Therefore we are going to name him the game day captain along with Harrison Smith for this game. He exhibits all those traits that we feel are important to be a game day captain."

Since Floyd graduated this month, he is technically off probation, which prevented him from being a game captain during the regular season.