While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish faithful have been awaiting the anticipated return of star receiver Michael Floyd to the Notre Dame roster for the 2011 football season after his run-in with law enforcement, Brian Kelly recently made it apparent that nothing is guaranteed.
The second-year head coach said Floyd would return for a full season or not play at all. Such an ultimatum by a primetime coach is comforting in terms of disciplinary courage, especially in a dark age of college football characterized by humiliating scandals that have plagued several major programs around the country.
But the mere thought of a Floyd-less season can make any Notre Dame fan seem a bit anxious. Fortunately, there are several playmakers on the offensive side of the ball prepared to fill the large gap left by the senior receiver if the worst case scenario becomes reality.
Here are five of those players.