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Friday, December 5, 2008
Dallas paper: Goodson's A&M career appears over

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Dallas Morning News reported today that Texas A&M tailback Mike Goodson is likely not expected to return for his senior season.

A&M coach Mike Sherman told the paper's Kate Hairopoulos that "a combination of things" explain why Griffin likely won't be coming back.

I'm thinking that Sherman might not miss Goodson as much as some might think. Goodson struggled with injuries throughout the season, producing only 406 yards rushing during a disappointing season.

Before the season started, Goodson openly talked about contending for the Heisman Trophy. He rushed for 100 yard efforts against Arkansas State and Oklahoma State. But he tailed off badly in his final three games, producing only 20 yards on 19 carries for an average of 1.1 yards per carry.

Instead, by the end of the season freshman Cyrus Gray had emerged as a running threat that Sherman trusted as much as Goodson. Gray set a school record for kickoff returns and rushed for 363 yards and 4.8 yards per carry in spot duty for the Aggies.

It will be interesting to see what kind of draft standing Goodson can produce coming off his struggling season. It wouldn't be unprecedented if he has several impressive workouts. But it's going to be very tough for him to do that considering his late struggles. He likely will need to transfer, or move to a FCS school.

And Gray's late emergence might have him targeted as A&M's potential featured back in 2009 if Goodson does leave.