Earlier in August, Texas Longhorns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin announced that he would be redshirting the 2011 football season to concentrate on preparing for the World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
The World Championships have come and gone, with Goodwin just missing qualification for the final rounds of the long jump in Daegu, finishing 13th, with the top 12 qualifiers advancing to the final round.
During his time in South Korea, Goowin stated he missed football too much and had an itch to return:
“Words can’t even explain how I excited I am right now to be getting back on the football field. 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. People were texting and tweeting me with updates from the game. I don’t know how anybody could feel what I was feeling at that time. I just was missing being there terribly and didn’t want to wait a year to play again. I just wanted to get back out there and didn’t want to be saying ‘what if’ after the season.”
Mack Brown and the Texas offensive coaching staff has to be thrilled with the news of Goodwin’s return. His speed and explosive play capabilities will add some nice depth to a wide receiving corps hurt by the departure of senior Malcolm Williams.
If Goodwin can get into playing shape quickly, he could serve as a nice decoy to off-set sophomore wideout Mike Davis, who is showing promise as Texas No.1 target in 2011.
Marquise Goodwin’s change of heart is outstanding news for a Texas football team that needs all the weapons it can get its hands on to be competitive in 2011.