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When is Rees to Floyd too much of good thing?

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One thing Tommy Rees did that helped him win the starting job was throw often to Michael Floyd. Dayne Crist completed two passes to Floyd for 37 yards in the first half against South Florida. In the second half, when Rees was in the game, Floyd caught 10 passes for 117 yards. 

The trend continue against Michigan as Rees completed 13 passes to Floyd for 159 yards. 

"You have a player on the field like Michael you try to get him involved as much as you can, and our offense has done a good job of putting him in different situations on the field, keeping defenses guessing [with] different ways to get the ball in his hands," Rees said.

Rees was looking Floyd's way when he threw both interceptions against Michigan, which begs the question: Is he forcing the ball to Floyd?

"Obviously we want to get Michael the ball and get him involved and we've done a really good job of [that]," Rees said. "Sometimes I throw to him when I'm not supposed to or shouldn't, but I have a lot confidence in all of the other guys on the field and I have no problem looking the other way and giving other guys chances to make plays."

Although Floyd is by far the team's leading receiver, Rees threw two touchdown passes to Theo Riddick and one to TJ Jones in the loss to the Wolverines.

"If you look at the guys that caught key balls for us, Theo Riddick, Tyler Eifert, PJ Jones, and of course Michael Floyd, there's a lot to worry about there," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "Although there are some times where there's a tendency to look to him, he's a hard guy not to try to get the ball to. So there is a bit of a balance and a dynamic that I kind of like right now."

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