2010 Starters: Michael Floyd (12 games), TJ Jones (13 games), Theo Riddick (13 games)
Potential Starters: Floyd, Jones, Riddick, John Goodman, Deion Walker, Robby Toma
2011 Prediction: TJ Jones, Theo Riddick, John Goodman
Confidence Level: Sadly Confident
This position that appeared to be in great shape took a huge hit when superstar Michael Floyd was suspended indefinitely after being arrested for a DUI. Word from South Bend is that a decision on his future will be handed down some time in the near future, so at least the team won't be held in limbo awaiting his fate. More than likely though, he'll be watching the South Florida game from the bench.
That leaves the trio of Theo Riddick, TJ Jones and John Goodman as the most likely to emerge. Riddick began to flourish out of the slot before going down with an injury that sidelined him for four games. He's still learning the position, but he's a dangerous threat in space that Dayne Crist will likely lean on heavily before Floyd returns.
Jones burst onto the scene with a couple big plays early in the year but wore down and fizzled by season's end. He's a very polished receiver for such a young player and will be given ample opportunity to fulfill his promise. Goodman is the only starter that may be in danger of losing his position. Currently rising sophomore Daniel Smith is listed behind him, but while Smith has been a pleasant surprise, he's also been hampered by an injury this spring. Notre Dame hopes Goodman will emerge as a Robby Parris-type of reliable option that bloomed late.
One quick prediction: Robby Toma will emerge as one of the top four receivers on the team (including Floyd). He's too quick and too sure-handed to ride the pine and with the plethora of four- and five-receiver sets in the spread, he won't have to do it very often.