Chicago Bears: Notre Dame

Indiana native Cutler pulling for Notre Dame

November, 20, 2012
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, a Santa Claus, Ind., native, said Monday he grew up a Notre Dame fan and is rooting for the Fighting Irish to win the national championship.

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NFL-bound Floyd says he's matured

February, 24, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- A two-time 1,000-yard receiver during a distinguished four-year career at Notre Dame, wide receiver Michael Floyd spent the bulk of his allotted media time Friday at the NFL combine answering questions about his past off-the-field problems with alcohol.

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AP Photo/Michael ConroyMichael Floyd said he is telling NFL teams he has grown from his alcohol-related incidents while at Notre Dame.
Floyd was twice cited for drinking underage and was arrested in the spring of 2011 for drunken driving. He was suspended by Irish coach Brian Kelly for the latter infraction and rejoined the team before the start of his final season in South Bend. Kelly required Floyd to attend alcohol education classes on the Notre Dame campus and maintain a certain grade-point average, before the receiver was allowed back on the team.

"You tell the teams you've grown from it, that it's a mistake that happened in the past," Floyd said. "That you are moving forward. I think I've grown a lot. Coming into the NFL, I think you have to mature a great deal. It's a professional sport, and you have to act like a professional."

Floyd, projected in several mock drafts to be selected in the first round by the Bears at No. 19, was asked if his past "immature" behavior will hurt his draft stock.

"I don't know. All I can do is be honest and tell them exactly what happened in my past and go from there," Floyd said.

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Clausen will skip Notre Dame pro day

March, 22, 2010
videoSeveral NFL hopefuls will be on display on Tuesday when Notre Dame holds its annual pro day, although quarterback Jimmy Clausen, the Irish's top draft prospect, will not be among those working out in South Bend, Ind., in front of scouts.
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Kyle Terada/US PresswireJimmy Clausen will skip Notre Dame's pro day on Tuesday in South Bend, Ind.

Twelve former Notre Dame players from the 2009 team are scheduled to be in attendance, According to Notre Dame's sports information director Brian Hardin.

James Aldridge, FB
Sergio Brown, S
Paul Duncan, OT
Kyle McCarthy, S
Raeshon McNeil, CB
Eric Olsen, C/OG
Robby Parris, WR
Morrice Richardson, DE
Scott Smith, LB
Toryan Smith, LB
Golden Tate, WR
Sam Young, OT

David Grimes and Asaph Schwapp from the 2008 roster will also be in attendance

From the Bears perspective, two players worth watching are offensive linemen Young and Olsen, both of whom participated in the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and are projected by many analysts as mid-round picks.

Young possesses tremendous size [6 feet 8] and experience [a school-record 50 starts], while Olsen is a versatile player, who moved from guard to center before his senior season. Olsen started his final 31 games at Notre Dame, six at right guard, 13 at left guard and 12 at center.

As for Clausen, he's still recovering from toe surgery performed back in January, and therefore is conducting his own pro day in South Bend on April 9. However, the quarterback is expected to be on hand to meet with any NFL represenative and provide support for his former collegiate teammates.

Meantime Tate -- a potential first-round selection -- is not expected to participate in many drills after posting impressive times at the NFL Combine last month, and will likely just stick to running routes on Tuesday.