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Irish Insights


Good in Texas

Notre Dame receiver John Goodman may want to talk to athletic director Jack Swarbrick about scheduling another game in San Antonio in the next three seasons.

The sophomore, who sat out his first season at Notre Dame, sure seems to find success in the Alamodome.

The former Bishop Dwenger standout has scored his last two touchdowns there as he caught his first TD pass for Notre Dame in Saturday's 40-14 win over Washington State and he also caught a scoring pass two years ago in the Army All-American Bowl.

"It was amazing," Goodman said of the touchdown. "It's been two years since I scored a real touchdown. The irony that (the Alamodome) was the last placed I scored, it was just crazy. It was my senior year in high school, and I just can't believe it was that long."

Receivers coach Rob Ianello said he liked Goodman's touchdown because it will help the receiver's confidence and it helped drive home a lesson.

"It was a route that he had run in the week at one point incorrectly," Ianello said. "It was correct on the route, he came back and ran that route correctly and it was a heck of a throw by (backup quarterback Dayne Crist). I think part of the growth a guy makes is when he does something not correct then he does it correct, he sees the benefits of doing it the right way."

Goodman said the touchdown showed how hard work can pay off, and the former Dwenger standout knows he will continue to have to work hard to stay in the mix with the return of Michael Floyd from a broken collarbone.

"Now that Mike has come back, it stinks because I'm not going to take as many reps," Goodman said. "I'm still going to go out every day just in case something happens every again and just try to get up that depth chart. No matter what it doesn't matter to me whether I'm playing or not, I'm not going to let off the gas."

Goodman will also be getting some work at quarterback with Crist out for the season. He is the third-string quarterback for the Irish, but the former high school quarterback is still a receiver first.

"Goody's a receiver. He's going to play receiver," quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus said. "We will benefit from him being on our team in having the experience and having played quarterback in his life. To have a guy in an emergency position.

"We will brush him up a little bit, but he will be catching balls not throwing balls."