Tag:Marquise Goodwin
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:52 pm

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TEXAS WON. It wasn't pretty, and they still didn't see much out of the offense, but it was a win for the Longhorns. If you're a Texas fan, you had to be impressed with what coordinator Manny Diaz has done all season long with the defense and the Holiday Bowl served as a great way to finish out the year. After neither team went to a bowl game last year, it was interesting to see how they respond to the layoff and it appeared to be not well. Cal turned the ball over five times and quarterback Zach Maynard was sacked six times - largely the difference in a game that was pretty close for three quarters.

WHY TEXAS WON. Don't look at the offense, which struggled most of the night. Quarterback David Ash was given the start and despite having issues moving the ball through the air early, got the ball in the hands of his playmakers. The reason the Longhorns will be able to enjoy their trip back to Austin however, is because of Diaz' defense. The front seven was particularly active and put plenty of pressure on Maynard. They also bottled up running back Isi Sofele, who showed some flashes but was limited after scoring a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Underclassmen Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks were particularly active with two sacks each.

WHEN TEXAS WON. Cal had threatened several times throughout the game but always seemed to shoot themselves in the foot. In great field position following a punt return, the offense just started to go backward and then Adrian Phillips sacked Maynard, who committed the fourth turnover of the night by fumbling. Reggie Wilson recovered and on the next play, Marquise Goodwin ran it 36 yards to set the Longhorns up inside the 10. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Cody Johnson punched it in from the four-yard line to push the lead to 21-10.

WHAT TEXAS WON. It was a disappointing season by the Longhorns' high standards but plenty of programs would be happy with a bowl win and eight wins. With such a young team, Mack Brown hopes this win can be a building block for next season. Sticking with Ash despite his early struggles seemed to indicate that he would be the guy going into 2012. The halftime adjustments were really good and both sides of the ball came alive in the second half. It's not the bowl win Texas wanted but a win is a win.

WHAT CALIFORNIA LOST. The ball for one. The Bears fumbled four times against Texas after only coming into the game with eight. The offense had issues up front all night and Sofele finished with just 58 yards rushing. The lone bright spot might be the kickers and that's not something to be proud of. The defense had its moments but couldn't stop a couple of big plays after bailing out the offense several times. This game was billed as a revenge match because of what happened a few years ago with the BCS but Cal didn't exactly fight like they wanted to win the game.

FINAL GRADE: This game was the definition of ugly for the entire first half. It wasn't as though the defenses were great - they were solid - but the offenses never could get anything going. Were it not for a few big plays out of Goodwin, there wouldn't be much to write home about on this one. The storyline coming into the game was about Cal's BCS snub in favor of Texas a few years ago but after watching this one, it would have been ok if the Holiday Bowl selection committee had snubbed both of these teams based on the way they played. At least Bevo enjoyed the San Diego weather and went home happy. GRADE: C

Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:39 pm

Texas loses another WR as Williams leaves

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Garrett Gilbert's reliability still a matter of debate and Texas's running game a work-in-progress (as always), the last thing Mack Brown needed was for his receiving corps to turn into a question mark, too. But that's just what's happened over the course of the offseason.

That became more true than ever Thursday as Brown announced that senior wide receiver Malcolm Williams would forgo his senior season to focus on "academics and family issues," as reported by CBSSports.com RapidReporter Steve Habel. A former blue-chip recruit, Williams was a projected 2011 starter after appearing in 39 games and collecting 1,188 receiving yards his first three seasons.

Brown admitted that Williams's departure (along with that of reserve receiver Brock Fitzhenry) "puts us in a tough spot with numbers." Williams and Fitzhenry give the Longhorns four departures at receiver this summer alone, with Greg Timmons's transfer and particularly the decision by Marquise Goodwin to skip the season to focus on the track World Championships already depleting the unit.

Result? The Longhorns return just two wideouts who caught more than one pass a year ago: sophomore Mike Davis (47 receptions, 478 yards) and junior DeSean Hales (10, 75). When Brown says freshmen Jaxon Shipley and Miles Onyegblue "will get a quicker look," he's not lying.

If Davis stays healthy, Gilbert cuts down on his interceptions, and five-star freshman Malcolm Brown invigorates the ground game, the Longhorns still might not notice the sudden depth issues at receiver. But that's a lot of "if"s for a 5-7 offense, and it seems increasingly likely that if one of them doesn't work out the way Brown would like, the receiving corps isn't going to be able to come to the rescue.

Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 7:18 pm

Texas' Goodwin to redshirt due to track

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this week we wrote about the good problem that Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has. Goodwin qualified for the IAAF World Championships in the long jump last weekend, but the event takes place in Korea on the same weekend that Texas is scheduled to open its season against Rice. Well, that meant that Goodwin would be missing about a month of practice and at least one game with the Longhorns this season, so it seems that he's reached a reasonable solution to the problem.

Goodwin has decided to redshirt during the 2011 season to focus on his track career.

“To compete in the World Championships and Olympics are dreams of mine, and I’m going to do everything I can to represent them while I’m competing for our country with Team USA,” Goodwin said in a statement. “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.”

Goodwin caught 31 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown in 2010. 

Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 3:07 pm

Texas WR to miss opener thanks to jumping ability

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin qualified for the IAAF World Championships on Saturday with his long jump of 27 feet, 4 inches, and while Goodwin has no reason to be anything but elated about his accomplishment, it's going to cost him at least one football game.

You see, the world championships will be held in Daegu, Korea, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. The long jump finals, which Goodwin will be trying to qualify for, will take place on the night of Sept. 2.

Texas begins its season on Sept. 3 against Rice.

So I think it's safe to assume Goodwin won't be back in Austin for that game, and he's also going to miss a lot of football practice in August as he prepares for the world championships. While this poses a problem for Goodwin's football career, it's hard to blame the kid for not being all that worried about it.

"I'm just glad I have (the) opportunity to represent the USA," Goodwin told the San Antonio Express-News. "I will talk to them when the time comes and figure that all out, but I'm just blessed to represent my country."

Of course, while we know that Goodwin will miss the opener because of his track accomplishments, he could lose his starting spot as a result. Missing an entire month of football practice in August will be costly, and it gives Goodwin's competition plenty of time to take his spot from him. Though given Goodwin's leaping ability, he may just jump over everybody and be back at the top of the depth chart when he returns.

Goodwin had 31 receptions for 324 yards and a touchdown in 2010. 

Hat tip: Dr. Saturday 

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