Thursday, May 19, 2011
Longhorns' 'freak' has to take it to the field
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN's Bruce Feldman released his annual "Freaks" list, but only one player from the Big 12 made his top 10 list and 11 others who just missed the cut.
Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin got the nod this year. Last year, Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder was the only Big 12 player on the list.
Feldman on Goodwin:
Over the weekend, the 5-9, 177-pound junior set the Big 12 long jump record with a leap of 26 feet, 9 3/4 inches. In 2010, he won the NCAA long jump title. Goodwin also has run on Texas' 4x100 relay team and placed fifth in the Big 12 Indoor Championships in the 60-meter dash. The first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick caught 31 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown last fall.
It's been an impressive run for Goodwin, but for as big of a name on the track as he's become, the same hasn't been true on the field. In 2009, he had 30 catches for 279 yards and a score.
Granted, it's worth noting that the one score in 2009 was a huge one. Goodwin caught a short slant, broke a tackle and scored a third-quarter, go-ahead touchdown -- the Longhorns' only touchdown of the day -- in a 16-13 win against Oklahoma to remain undefeated on the way to the national title game.
The Longhorns will need more plays like that from their resident freak in 2011. Mike Davis is the team's leading returning receiver, but Goodwin is No. 2, and whoever wins the Longhorns' quarterback battle is going to need some help. Goodwin has to be a bigger part of the offense next season.
Who else would make your Big 12 freaks list?
I'd throw in a vote for Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden and Kansas defensive end Toben Opurum (leading rusher to contributor at defensive end in one season? Unreal.), but what about you?