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Creative thinking

Notre Dame receiver John Goodman is 1 for 2 passing this season after hitting fellow receiver Michael Floyd for a 32-yard touchdown in Saturday's 44-20 win over Navy.

Goodman played quarterback at Bishop Dwenger in his senior year of high school, and he also ran the wildcat at times for the Irish last season.

The junior said he would like to be able to use his versatility as a pass catching and throwing threat to help the Irish.

"They can do that any time they want," Goodman said. "I'm ready to go in and do something like that. With the versatility that I feel that I have, and the receivers that I can throw to, athletes that we have on the field, I feel we can do anything like that."

Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar smiled a little when asked if Goodman's quarterback background allows the team to use him more creatively in the offense.

"He's got probably the strongest arm on the team. That is a great asset to have," Molnar said. "We are not looking to find ways to use Goody. There are certain times we think some plays will work that involve a double pass, and Goody is the guy who can do it the best."