Monday, June 25, 2012
Texas WR's next step: London Olympics
By David Ubben
Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin is already a two-time national champion in the long jump.
He can add one more accolade to his resume: Olympian.
The Longhorns receiver qualified for the U.S. Olympic team on Sunday at the trials in Eugene, Ore., with a jump of 27-foot-4 (8.33 m) on his final attempt to win the event.
He took a bow for the crowd after the jump and made a victory lap, stopping to sign autographs, writes the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"Words can't even explain how overcome with joy I am," he said of winning in front of his mother. "I can hear her over everybody."
Goodwin's trip to foggy Londontown is a dream come true, but he won't miss much football time back in the states. The Longhorns open camp on Aug. 2, and the long jump event at the Olympics is Aug. 3-4. Goodwin plans to compete and return to participate in fall camp in preparation for the 2012 season, which kicks off on Sept. 1, when Texas faces Wyoming.
Last season, Goodwin caught 33 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 22 times for 220 yards and returned 11 kicks for 247 yards.