Goodley finding his niche at Baylor

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 3:31 pm

Updated: 11:01 pm, Fri Oct 12, 2012.

Goodley finding his niche at Baylor

Oscar LeRoy | [email protected]

Midland Reporter-Telegram


It had been a long time, much too long for Antwan Goodley.

Not since his senior year at Midland High School in 2009 had Goodley made it to the end zone for a touchdown.

But on on a crazy fall afternoon in Morgantown, W. Va., Goodley grabbed his first collegiate touchdown in the fourth quarter against West Virginia when he scored on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Nick Florence to cut the Mounaineers’ lead to 63-56 at the time.

Baylor went on the lose the shootout 70-63 but Goodley, who is a sophomore backup receiver for the Bears, got his first taste of what it’s like to reach the end zone against top level competition.

“They called me to go in and I went on a slant but they couldn’t get me the ball,” said Goodley about the sequence before his TD. “(Head coach Art Briles) called a timeout and said to run the same play. We did and Nick threw me the ball and I was able to catch it. It felt good. I haven’t scored a touchdown since my senior year in high school. It had felt like it had been forever.”

Goodley was a standout not only in football but in basketball and track while he was at MHS. He finished his three-year varsity football career under head coach Craig Yenzer with a school-record 1,747 career receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in his career.

He redshirted his first year at Baylor and then played in 11 of 13 games as a redshirt freshman last year.

This year Goodley is backing up 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior Terrance Williams, one of the top receivers in the Big 12, this season who also set a conference record against West Virginia with 314 receiving yards.

“I think I’ve gotten better playing behind Terrance Williams,” Goodley said. “He’s teaching me how to be a better receiver every day.”

Goodley is expected to see even more playing time next year with the graduation of Williams. Goodley not only has the speed to excel at the position but at 5-10, 220 pounds, he’s got good size as well. He’s also pretty strong as he’s squatted 660 pounds, which is the second highest mark on the team at any position.

Even with those attributes, Goodley admits it has been a learning process during his three years with the Bears.

“It’s just about being more physical and playing fast,” Goodley said. “The game is way faster than it was in high school. When I first got here I got banged up and I had to learn to get through it. Playing at this level is just something that’s completely different than high school.”

While Goodley is buying his time as a wide receiver, he is contributing more on special teams as a kick returner. This season Goodley leads the team with 11 kickoff returns for a 20.3-yard average.

“I haven’t taken one back this year but I’m hoping to real soon,” Goodley said. “The closest I came was last year when I returned a kick 49 yards against (Texas) AM.”

Who knows? Maybe Goodley will find the end zone today when Baylor (3-1, 0-1 in Big 12) hosts TCU (4-1, 1-1) at Waco’s Floyd Casey Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

“I feel pretty good going in,” Goodley said. “We’ve just got to focus on everything we’re supposed to do and just play better football. Personally, I’m just excited about how things are going right now and I’m just trying to get ready for this week.”

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Friday, October 12, 2012 3:31 pm.

Updated: 11:01 pm.

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