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Texas WR to miss opener thanks to jumping ability

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

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 

Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Texas WR to miss opener thanks to jumping ability

Without a doubt representing his country easily takes priority over a regional football game.  Good move Goodwin, and classy too.  Go USA!


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