Notre Dame, Kelly quickly move on without Floyd

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- If anyone was unclear about how swiftly Notre Dame turned the page on Michael Floyd, one only needed turn the pages of the 13-page spring practice prospectus distributed Tuesday.

He is not on the roster. He is not mentioned in a position group preview. He is mentioned only in the sense that he won't be back, in a team preview section that reviews the talent lost from 2010.

Spring practice begins Wednesday morning, and Irish coach Brian Kelly said during a news conference to preview it that he and his team cannot wait around on the fate of a star player facing possible legal and university discipline after a weekend arrest.

"Whether there is an injury or somebody is not with us, our focus is strictly on the guys that are here," Kelly said. "We're preparing our football team through skill development and unit consistency around the guys that are here. That really hasn't changed much, in how I go to work every day, whether there's a suspension or not."

Floyd was arrested early Sunday and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, after he allegedly ran a stop sign and then registered a .19 blood-alcohol content after Notre Dame police pulled him over, documents released Monday showed.

Kelly issued an indefinite suspension of Floyd on Monday. Then on Tuesday, Floyd was almost nowhere to be found in the team's media information, with Kelly adding that the team MVP from 2010 has vacated his captaincy for at least the duration of his suspension.

Kelly also said Tuesday he has no idea of the timetable for Floyd's likely appearance before the school's disciplinary arm, the Office of Residence Life.

"I want to really put the 11 best players on the field that give us the best chance to beat South Florida," Kelly said, referencing September's season opener. "We immediately have to look at that when we step on the practice field. If you're waiting around dreaming and hoping, you're going to miss great opportunities to develop players."

As for the other significant tidbits from Kelly's news conference...

Quarterback Dayne Crist, who tore his patellar tendon last October, is expected to be able to participate at generally the same level as he did last spring, coming off a torn ACL. That means the former starter will be limited in his battle with Tommy Rees, but Kelly expects Crist to participate in drills and perhaps even the Blue-Gold Game in April.

"If we can assume we will use the same model we used last year with Dayne, I'm expecting a competitive evaluation so we can leave spring saying, you know what, we've got a better idea of who the starter might be coming into the South Florida game," Kelly said.

Andrew Hendrix and early enrollee Everett Golson will be in the mix and will take contact during spring practice. Kelly said he hopes to have a top 3 pecking order by the time spring ends.

Linebacker Manti Te'o had arthroscopic knee surgery
to clean up some cartilage that will limit him in spring.

"We'd probably be able to practice him in spring, but we're probably going to be cautious with him," Kelly said. "He will do some things, but it's prettyy safe to say now we know what Manti Te'o can do."

Nose guard Sean Cwynar will not participate in spring practice as he recovers from offseason back and foot surgery.

Position moves were announced as expected. Bennett Jackson moves from receiver to cornerback, Austin Collinsworth moves from receiver to safety, Luke Massa moves from quarterback to receiver, and early enrollee Brad Carrico moves to the offensive line.

Kelly gushed over the physical presence, anyway, of freshman defensive end Aaron Lynch, who shows up at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds already.

"Physically, he's as developed as some of our juniors and seniors," Kelly said.

Kelly shifted duties of some assistants heading into spring. Kerry Cooks will coach cornerbacks exclusively after coaching the outside linebackers last season. Chuck Martin, previously the secondary coach, will coach safeties exclusively.

Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will coach all linebackers, and offensive line coach Ed Warinner has added run-game coordinator responsibilities.

Kelly announced the hiring of a new football athletic trainer, Rob Hunt, who arrives after five years at Oklahoma State. "We think we got the best in the country," Kelly said.

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