Goodwin returning to football team

Marquise Goodwin has decided to rejoin the Texas football team.

The junior wide receiver was to redshirt in order to focus on track and field. But he changed course Monday and will join the football team for practice Tuesday.

"Words can't even explain how I excited I am right now to be getting back on the football field," Goodwin said in a release. "When I was overseas, I was missing football, the guys and being a part of the team so much. I thought about how they were getting ready for the season, working hard and pulling together, but it really hit me when I was in the airport on my way back from Seoul."

Goodwin had sent out several Tweets over the weekend as he wound his way back to Texas about the Longhorns including one that read ``U cross ur fingers u might see me on the field!''

How soon the 5-foot-9 Goodwin can make a contribution on the field remains unknown. As a sophomore, Goodwin caught 31 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown. Only Mike Davis had better numbers of any receiver from 2010 who had eligibility remaining.

"When Marquise talked to me and our coaches about coming back and playing this year we were 100 percent in support if that was what he wanted to do," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "He had decided earlier to redshirt and focus on track and field, and we backed him then just as we are now."

Texas needs Goodwin back to add some speed, depth and experience to the receiving corps. While Texas passed for 277 yards against Rice, including two passes of more than 50 yards, Goodwin gives them a serious threat who can draw double teams away from Davis.

That not only opens up the routes for Davis, it also clears out the underneath routes for Jaxon Shipley.
Goodwin had been overseas as a part of his track and field obligations. The Garland, Texas, product is a premier long jumper. He won the U.S. Outdoor National title, set the UT indoor school record in the event, earned three first-team All-America honors and swept the Big 12 long jump titles.

"I really appreciate coach Brown, (men's track and field head) coach (Bubba) Thornton and all of my coaches for being so supportive of me through all of this," Goodwin said. "They stood behind me when I decided to redshirt and couldn't have been more understanding and agreeable when I wanted to come back. It's a wonderful feeling knowing that you have those kinds of people -- my family here at UT -- believing in and standing behind you."

Carter Strickland covers University of Texas sports and recruiting for HornsNation.

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