Notre Dame receiver John Goodman appeared to be ready to be a bigger part of the passing game after catching five passes for 59 yards in a 37-14 loss to Stanford on Sept. 25.
The former Bishop Dwenger standout started the next two games after the loss to the Cardinal and started against Navy. But he hasn't been much of a receiving threat.
In the six games since Stanford, Goodman has nine catches for 57 yards, and in games against Western Michigan and Utah he didn't have a reception.
Goodman has been the Irish's punt returner since taking over for Armando Allen in the third game of the season against Michigan State.
The junior may have been quiet lately, but coach Brian Kelly said he expects Goodman to play a big role Saturday against Army in Yankee Stadium.
"Goodman's going to play a lot too," Kelly told reporters Wednesday. "Really liked him the last couple of weeks. He's got his legs back. Maybe it's something with where he's from, but as it's gotten cooler, he's gotten better. Maybe being from Indiana, I don't know, the hot weather did not serve him very well. I'm being serious. He looks really good in practice. He's going to have more of a role as well."