Saturday, October 29, 2011
Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 9
By Matt Fortuna
A return to the win column means a return of more helmet stickers for all, as the Irish routed Navy 56-14.
Michael Floyd: The senior rebounded from a sub-par performance against USC, eclipsing the 100-yard mark in the first half and even adding the first rushing touchdown of his career, albeit on a pass play (that was officially ruled a lateral). Floyd finished with six catches for 121 yards and had a receiving touchdown as well.
Jonas Gray: Hard to believe the senior did not have a single career touchdown before Week 4 at Pitt. He scored in that game and in the four since, including a three-touchdown performance Saturday, which actually hurt his yards per carry average since they were all from short-range. Gray got the start and didn't disappoint, rushing for 69 yards on 12 carries.
Cierre Wood: We can't forget the junior, who bounced back from a rough showing against USC by going for 66 yards on 11 carries, scoring twice. The run game looked like it did in the four weeks before facing the Trojans, with lots of open space to work with.
Manti Te'o: On the first two drives alone, Te'o finished with seven tackles. His final tally was a game-high 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. Who knew the junior linebacker — among the finalists for seemingly every national defensive award — had another level to take his game to?
Harrison Smith: His four tackles and one break-up don't make too big of a dent in the box score, but the fifth-year safety and lone season captain rallied the team in a drama-filled 48 hours leading up to the game. He keyed a defense that held Navy's rushing attack to more than 100 yards below what was third-best in the nation entering the game (325.14 yards per game).