April 24, 2008

Goodson looking to flourish in new system

The talent in running back Mike Goodson's feet have been known far and wide since his days of running out of the wishbone offense at Klein Collins High School. The thought was that Goodson would break out at Texas A&M, and be the new horse that Dennis Franchione rode to Big 12 titles.

Things didn't work out that way, mainly because a move to the spread option and a crowded backfield with Jorvorskie Lane limited Goodson's touches. Add in the zone read where quarterback Stephen McGee kept the ball the majority of the time to lead A&M in carries with 181, and Goodson wound up third in carries (153) and yards (711) in 2007.

Now, with a new pro-style offense under new head coach Mike Sherman, McGee will be back to doing what quarterbacks normally do - throwing the ball. Lane has been moved to fullback where he'll still get carries, but his primary purpose is to catch balls out of the backfield and to blaze a lane for, you guessed it, Goodson. After an eight-carry, 58-yard outburst on one drive to start the Maroon & White game in which he made running the ball look easy it's not that hard to think that the new offense in Aggieland won't be geared around Goodson and the ability that made him a Rivals.com high four-star prospect coming out of high school.

"Goodson obviously that first quarter what he did and a little bit in the second quarter he did extremely well and he showed his talents. I really didn't want to do everything that we want to do with him or what we're going to do with him," Sherman said. "He's certainly a guy that needs to have the ball a lot of times. I think he proved that today."

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