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UT receiver takes national title

If Marquise Goodwin tries leaping into the end zone at some point this season, chances are good he'll make it.

The Texas receiver won the long jump national title by seven inches on Saturday, leaping 26 feet, nine inches to win by over seven inches.

Goodwin also won the Big 12 title last month.

"I had to battle through an injury, so to be able to come out and be at my best during the end of the year was great," said Goodwin, who had been mending a hamstring throughout the season. "All my jumps felt good today. The crowd was really into it and I was so amped up for the finals, I just didn't get on the board. But I thought I put the pressure on with my first jump and I'm glad it held up."

The championship was Texas' first since 1996, and sixth overall.

Goodwin's only touchdown of his freshman season came in a 16-13 win over Oklahoma, and saved a career-high 70 receiving yards for the national championship game loss to Alabama.

He caught 30 passes for 279 yards on the season.