September 5, 2007

Goodson an addition to A&M's special teams arsenal

One of the biggest positives coming out of Texas A&M's 38-7 win over Montana State Saturday at Kyle Field was in special teams. A&M sophomore kicker Matt Szymanski kicked two for touchbacks, one to each side of the field, despite the new kickoff rule that places kickoffs five yards further back than last season.

Kick returner Kerry Franks averaged 41 yards per return on two returns while punter Justin Brantly averaged 45.2 yards per punt.

Now, the Aggies might get another boost in the kicking game as running back Mike Goodson has decided to throw his hat in the ring as a returner.

"I told (coach Kenith Pope) I'm going to try to come out and do some kick returns and punt returns and see how that works. Maybe I can get the ball a little more that way," Goodson said. "Coach (Dennis Franchione) talked to me a little about it over the summer and I wasn't really excited about it. It's something I wasn't really into in high school, but now I see it as just another way to get the ball."

Goodson said that he thinks he'll be used more at returning punts, but Franchione isn't too sure about that yet.

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