Mar­quise Good­win

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Randy Riggs

Sopho­more re­ceiver

Last year: Many ex­pected the 59, 175-pound fresh­man to red­shirt, which just shows how wrong many can be. He caught 30 passes for 279 yards and a TD — the lone touch­down com­ing in the win over Ok­la­homa. He av­er­aged 21.8 yards on 16 kick re­turns, and had the late re­turn for a TD that sealed the vic- tory at Texas A&M.

Why he’s im­por­tant: With Jor­dan Ship­ley gone, some­one must as­sume the go-to re­ceiver role that Ship­ley and Quan Cosby filled the past two sea­sons. Mal­colm Wil­liams and James Kirk­endoll are be the most log­i­cal can­di­dates, but Good­win is a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity. Win­ning the NCAA long jump cham­pi­onship shows his ath­leti­cism, and few, if any, DBs are go- ing to run him down. His track ti­tle also re­in­forces his pen­chant for step­ping up in big mo­ments. Some of his best out­ings last sea­son were in biggest game — OU, A&M and the BCS cham­pi­onship vs. Alabama. He’s not some­one who wilts un­der the heat of the spot­light.

Best-case sce­nario: He stays healthy. Good­win has never had sig­nif­i­cant in­jury is­sues, but he’s not the biggest guy in the world. Texas needs him to con­tinue pro­vid­ing big plays, es­pe­cially in the big games.

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