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Highlights from Charlie Weis's press conference

Some notes from Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis's weekly press conference:

-- Wide receiver Michael Floyd, who caught 13 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns in the first three games of the season, has been cleared to play and should be available for Saturday's game. Floyd has not played since breaking his clavicle against Michigan State on Sept. 19.

-- Backup quarterback Dayne Crist has a torn ACL and will undergo surgery to repair the knee on Friday. Senior Evan Sharpley moves into the No. 2 spot behind Jimmy Clausen, and wide receiver John Goodman, who played quarterback in high school, will spend portions of practice at quarterback to prepare him for an emergency role.

-- Weis said that this is "by far" the best Navy defense he's seen in his tenure as Notre Dame's coach. He cited the Midshipmen's experience and the way they run to the football as reasons why. "They don't try to do too many crazy things on defense," Weis said. "They try to play sound fundamentally."

-- Weis was also asked how the onside kick preparation was going. "That's the first special teams issue that we discussed," he said. In last year's game, Navy recovered two onside kicks in the final two minutes as part of a furious comeback that ultimately fell short.

By Camille Powell  |  November 3, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
 
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