Notre Dame receiver and former Bishop Dwenger standout John Goodman had to take it slow for part of spring practice.
And it wasn't by choice.
The senior-to-be injured his left hamstring and missed a couple of practices. It was a tough break for a player looking to secure a starting job.
"It is definitely frustrating," said Goodman, who has practiced without restrictions the past week. "Right when it happened, that's what I thought about. With the new training staff, they got me right back out there"
The entire receiving corps had to deal with a setback before the start of spring as the team has practiced without receiver Michael Floyd.
Floyd, who led the Irish with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns, was suspended from the team after his arrest for drunken driving March 20.
"We need to find other leaders, because he could be out at any time," Goodman said of what the receivers needed during Floyd's absence. "You never know what could happen. Finding other leaders and guys to step up was the main thing.
"That was my goal from the beginning since I found out what happened. That was my mindset and that's how I took it into the spring."
Goodman said he was able to take more of a leadership role because he understands the offense better than he did last year. He said last spring was every man for himself at times as everyone was learning coach Brian Kelly's spread offense.
"This spring it was a lot of helping other guys out and helping new guys learn positions," Goodman said. "Not just one position, but multiple positions and being behind them every play and saying you go here and you go here. I was just more vocal, and I also did a lot showing with my actions.
"Other than what the line does, I pretty much know the offense. That feels good."
Goodman also feels good about the strides he made in three areas this spring. The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder said he is playing with more consistency, catching the ball better and improved his blocking.
And he expects to have plenty of chances to show his progress during Saturday's Blue-Gold Game, which kicks off at 2 p.m. and will be televised on Versus.
"We don't have a lot of receivers, so pretty much everybody has to go," Goodman said. "We have that in our minds that we are going to be pretty tired, but that's fine. We'll get a lot of work in the last day of spring. There is no problem with that."