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Kelly reinstates Floyd in time for fall camp

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly reinstated senior receiver Michael Floyd, according to a statement released by the university.

Floyd was arrested for drunken driving in March after running a stop sign near the school's main entrance. Prosecutors claim his blood-alcohol level was 0.19, more than twice Indiana's legal limit. Floyd was immediately suspended from the team after his third alcohol related offense in three years.

Floyd, who owns the school record for career touchdown catches with 28 and is second in receptions with 171, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a year probation. Kelly said the reinstatement was the result of Floyd showing personal growth. Notre Dame, which finished 8-5 during Kelly's first season last year, starts practice Saturday.

"Over the last four months, Michael impressed those that had close contact with him including professional advisors," Kelly said. "Based on my own observations, I am very pleased with the progress Michael has made since March. That is why I am comfortable reinstating him to our football team. Michael knows that he must continue on this positive track. I look forward to witnessing the development he has made based on lessons learned from this situation and how that will lead to better choices in the future."

Floyd was twice charged with underage drinking in his home state of Minnesota in 2009 and 2010.
"The last four months have been the most humbling stretch of time in my life," Floyd said in the same statement. "I embarrassed myself, my family, the university, my football team and many more people. I know it will take time to earn the trust and confidence from everyone I let down last spring but I am prepared to do so and will strive to become not just a leader on the team again, but one also in the community. I am grateful for the opportunity to earn my degree this year from the University of Notre Dame and I look forward to reuniting with my football family this fall."

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