Dayne Crist told the SBT that sophomore wide receiver John Goodman can actually out throw all of the Notre Dame quarterbacks.
Quarterback may not be Goodman’s best position, but it’s the one in which he displays the most freakish talent. Both incumbent starter Jimmy Clausen and backup Dayne Crist admitted Goodman can throw the ball farther than either one of them.
Crist even went so far as to say that Goodman could throw farther than Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell, the standard in the NFL for arm strength.
Charlie Weis has talked about potentially using Goodman as the emergency/wildcat quarterback at times this spring, but hasn’t given him a lot of reps because of the injuries at wide receiver and Goodman’s impressive play at receiver. At first I thought it was just Weis trying to get a little too cute with the offense as he’s done in the past (see the spread offense installed prior to the 2007 season), but the more I hear about Goodman at quarterback, the more I think he possibly be used in some capacity at the position.
Goodman played quarterback his senior year of high school and if he can climb the depth chart fast enough to see the field as a receiver, he could give Weis some flexibility with some trick plays. Goodman’s also received some high praise from classmate Robert Blanton – a rarity for Blanton when it comes to talking about wide receivers.
While Goodman didn’t play as a true freshman, its seeming more and more likely that Goodman could see the field in more than just mop up duty as a sophomore this fall. He’s added seven pounds of weight since the Hawaii Bowl according to the SBT article and has received multiple compliments about his speed this spring. He’s also seen a lot more reps than he may normally have because of some minor injuries to Duval Kamara and Michael Floyd throughout the spring combined with Golden Tate’s missed time for baseball.
My only concern with Weis tinkering with Goodman at quarterback is that we’ve in the past that Weis can sometimes try to do too much with the offense instead of focusing on the fundamentals. Considering how inconsistent the Irish offense was in 2008, I just hope Weis has the offense fine tuned before he starts adding wrinkles for Goodman at QB.
It will be interesting to see how much Goodman plays and what he can do on Saturday. As of right now though, “Goody” is my dark-horse candidate for offensive MVP honors in the Blue/Gold game.