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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Notre Dame Heisman watch: Week 4

By Matt Fortuna

Notre Dame finally got in the win column this past weekend. Ahead of it is a schedule that the Fighting Irish will likely be favored in every step of the way until heading to Stanford for the season finale.

Before we all get ahead of ourselves, however, let's take a look at the one man who undoubtedly will be in the spotlight from now until season's end, giving Notre Dame an outside shot at a record eighth Heisman Trophy winner.

Michael Floyd: The wide receiver eclipsed the 200-catch mark for his career Saturday, becoming the first Notre Dame player to do so. Calling his six-catch, 84-yard effort against Michigan State pedestrian speaks to just how good he has been for the Irish offense. Coming off his worst statistical performance of the season, Floyd trails only USC's Robert Woods for the nation-lead in catches (33 to 31) and only Washington State's Marquess Wilson for the country's most receiving yards (429 to 397). His stock should only improve this weekend at Pitt, which has the 119th-ranked pass defense in the nation.