- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 2, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.
Marquise Goodwin was a late arrival in more ways than one in 2011.
First off, the newly minted Olympian didn’t decide he wanted to be a part of football until fall camp was well underway.
Secondly, Texas didn’t decide it needed him to be a vital part of the passing game until the season was well underway.
Inside the number
Goodwin only grabbed three passes in the first four games. He wound up with 35 receptions, third-most on the team, by season’s end. And down the stretch, Goodwin proved to be Texas’ most effective wide receiver. He had 16 receptions in the last three games, eight of them coming against Texas A&M and a 47-yard touchdown grab against Cal in the Holiday Bowl.
Where it counts in 2012
The expectations are that Goodwin should pick up right where he left off. The senior will miss the start of fall camp for the Olympics. But unlike last season, he knows the playbook and has some familiarity with the quarterbacks. Maybe more importantly, the quarterbacks have some familiarity with his game.
What Goodwin did over the course of last season was transform himself from just being a breakaway threat to becoming a crucial possession receiver. Never was that more evident than against Texas A&M. As a team, Texas only had 17 catches in that game and one came off a trick play. His seven-yard catch on the final drive of the game set up a third-and-1 that allowed Texas to keep the drive alive.
Texas did recruit more receivers in the offseason and should be able to surround Godwin, Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis with some more talent. That could help a player like Goodwin because he will not be typecast into one role. Therefore the defense will not be able to key on specific tendencies in his game or the Texas passing game.