Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Q&A: Baylor WR Antwan Goodley
By Max Olson
WACO, Texas -- Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley is ready to follow up his breakthrough All-Big 12 junior season with some more fireworks. After putting up 1,339 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 71 receptions, he'll be asked to not only beat defenses as Bryce Petty's go-to target, but also help guide a young and promising group of wide receivers.
We caught up with Goodley last week after a Baylor fall practice to talk about his expectations, his quarterback, his receivers, his stadium and much more.
What did you work on this offseason? What aspects of your game needed to improve?
Antwan Goodley: Making all the tough catches look easy. Being more efficient with my routes. Really, just my hands. That was my main focus. Lots of JUGS machine. That's about it.
Do you get excited when people talk you up as a potential All-American?
Goodley: I mean, it's exciting finally seeing your name get put out there and getting noticed, but I try not to worry about it to much and just focus on the team. All the rest will come.
How has Bryce Petty looked to you during fall camp?
Goodley: Great. Hungry. He's ready. He's ready to be out there. I know he's excited and looking forward to it. We'd come here and run routes probably two or three times a week after our summer conditioning. We got some pretty good work in outside of everything else.
Do you have that rapport now where he can wink and you know what he wants you to run?
Goodley: Oh, yes sir. We know everything. We've been here so long so we've learned a lot. Whenever he sees something and wants to do something different, I already know. Whatever he wants to do, I see it too. Hey, 14 plus 5 always equals 6. That's what we always say.
Think you'll get a little work at running back this year? At 5-foot-11 and 220, you have the perfect size for it.
Goodley: Yeah, we haven't really been doing it yet but I know I'll probably get a couple handoffs later in the season. I'm excited. I love that. People don't really know I grew up playing running back my whole life until I got to high school. I love getting back there and getting some handoffs. It's a different atmosphere, but I like it back there.
How is being one of the veterans now after learning from a lot of great receivers?
Goodley: It feels great. Those guys are gone now and they taught me the ropes, taught me a lot, and I'm just trying to pass it on to these younger guys and try to keep the Wide Receiver U tradition going. We're trying to get these other guys acclimated to the offense, but as far as everything, we're doing good, taking it day by day and trying to get better.
What's been your first impression of those freshman receivers?
Goodley: Might be the best receiver group he we've had as freshmen coming in so far. Davion Hall, K.D. Cannon, Chris Platt and Ishmael Zamora, they're all great athletes and they can all do great things in this offense. K.D. is God gifted and he's just a player. He's an animal. he attacks the ball, he's fast, he has great hands. He wants to be out there and he'll do whatever it takes.
Can Corey Coleman become that big-play guy who replaces what Tevin Reese gave you?
Goodley: Oh yeah, definitely. We lost T-Reese and Corey is definitely going to help us fill that position. He's physical, he's fast. Really, the physicality of that guy, he doesn't look too big but he can do some thing.
What'd you think when you first practiced at McLane Stadium and saw its locker room?
Goodley: Man, just being in there, knowing that we've got a lot of people behind us that took the time to put it on campus, the program is on the rise. It's a bunch of relief. We've been waiting on this for a long time. We deserve it and we're going to show it.