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.