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Olympic Finalist Marquise Goodwin Returns to Football

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

After finishing 10th place in the Olympic finals of the long jump, Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was back on the football practice field Thursday.

The senior told the media he returned to Austin at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night and was a spectator at UT's practice Thursday. Goodwin must wait a couple of days before donning the pads and returning to full-contact football drills. He sat out spring practice to focus on track and field.

Goodwin called his Olympic journey a "once in a lifetime experience," and one that he would never forget. The U.S. long jump champion was extremely disappointed in his 10th place finish, but said he will not play the "coulda, woulda, shoulda" game. 

"This will motivate me for the upcoming football season," said Goodwin. "This is my senior year. I need to go out with a bang. I learned over there (London) that you can't take anything for granted, so I'm going to take that onto the football field. You never know when a play will be your last, just look at Fozzy Whittaker."

Marquise says he realizes opposing teams will be gunning for the Olympic finalist this fall. "I like having the target on my back," said Goodwin. "There's going to be a lot of people talking out there this year. I say, bring it on."

UT Head Football Coach Mack Brown released this statement Thursday regarding Goodwin's return:

"We're so excited to have Marquise back. Here's a guy who won the last two USA titles and two NCAA Championships in the long jump. He's a guy who competed in the Olympics and had a chance to win a gold, he was our most valuable player in the bowl game last year and he's always on the honor roll. There can't be a better two-sport athlete in football and track & field in America than Marquise Goodwin.

He had it worked out where they were going to bring him back on the 10th (of August), but he wanted to get back on the 9th and rejoin this football team. When we finished practice today, it was about 1:30 a.m. where he was in London, and he's still out there with a positive attitude jumping up and down. We'll work him back in slowly, he's got to have his four days of orientation (per NCAA rules). Obviously he didn't get in this heat all summer, so we're going to take care of him, work him in slowly and make sure he's ready for the first game because he's a valuable leader and player on this football team."

By Adam Winkler.Olympic Finalist Marquise Goodwin Returns to Football


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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