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Staying or going? John Goodman

This week we are taking a look at each of Notre Dame's fourth-year scholarship players with eligibility remaining and examining whether he will likely return to the Irish next season. Here, we look at wide receiver John Goodman.

Before Notre Dame: From Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., Goodman entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 43 overall receiver. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

At Notre Dame: The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Goodman has 28 catches for 315 yards, including seven for 65 this season. He has also been Notre Dame's primary punt returner, averaging a team-high 0.6 yards per return this season (that's not a typo). Last season, Goodman, who played quarterback his senior year of high school, tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd against Western Michigan.

What's next?: A management-consulting major, Goodman is scheduled to graduate in May.

The verdict: Staying. Goodman is probably the toughest call to make among those in this group. But with Floyd graduating and Theo Riddick possibly moving back to running back, there are spots for the taking at receiver. The Irish know what they're getting out of Goodman and he could provide some much needed stability for a unit that faces several questions moving forward.

Previous players:

Braxston Cave

Lane Clelland

Dayne Crist

Sean Cwynar

Mike Golic Jr.