Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will redshirt the 2011 football season so the Texas Longhorns junior can focus on training for the 2011 World Championships in South Korea and trying to train for the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Goodwin, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 37-rated junior wide receiver, won the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field national long jump title with a jump of 27'4" - which qualified him for the 2011 IAAF World Championships Aug. 27-Sept. 4.
Goodwin has caught 61 passes for 604 yards over the past two seasons, and said he intends to return to the football field.
"I can't say thanks enough for the incredible support from Coach (Mack) Brown, the whole staff and my teammates in this decision," Goodwin told The Daily Texan. "I'm still going to be around football as much as possible supporting them every step of the way next season and will be ready to go with two years left when I fully return. Until then, I'm looking forward to having a great year with (track and field head) Coach (Bubba) Thornton and my track and field teammates as I try to fulfill my dreams of bringing home gold to the United States and everyone at Texas."
Goodwin had been slated to be the Longhorns' No. 3 returning wideout in 2011.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor