Tag:Track And Field
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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