Marquise Goodwin: "People underestimate me as a complete football player"

Posted Apr 26, 2013

WR Marquise Goodwin comments on being drafted 78th overall to the Buffalo Bills.


Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin Conference Call

Friday, April 26, 2013

Q: You’ve been called a track guy who plays football, so explain why you’re a football guy that just happens to run track?

A: I’m a football guy that just happens to run track because I just got drafted by the Buffalo Bills. First of all given my honest to God for the opportunity, my school and everybody. But I don’t think if I was strictly a track guy trying to play football that I would’ve been drafted, especially in this round with the numbers that I have. Obviously somebody thought enough to invest in me because they saw me as a football player.

Q: What do you think kept you from getting more opportunities at Texas?

A: It could be a number of things. I’m not one to finger point or point at anybody’s fault. Like I said, it could be a number of things. It is what it is. At the end of the day I’m now a Buffalo Bill. Just excited right now.

Q: Your numbers, Combine wise, compare to Tavon Austin. Do you almost envy the opportunities that Austin had at West Virginia?

A: No, definitely not envious whatsoever. I’m a real Christian guy and in the Bible envy is a sin. I try my best not to sin as much as I can. I really don’t look at Tavon Austin and look at myself and try to compare both he and I because we’re two different individuals, definitely have two different opportunities. With that being said I definitely don’t envy what he has. I’m really happy for him actually.

Q: Do you think people underestimate your strength because of your size?

A: Yes sir, I did (receive a blocking award). People definitely underestimate me as a complete football player. They just think I’m some fast guy that went to the Olympics. That’s definitely not the case.

Q: Do you feel you’re pretty polished?

A: Yes sir, I do. With my coach, he came in and implemented lots of drills, things to help me get better day in and day out. I feel like I’m really polished.

Q: What would you say you’ve tried to refine the most over the last calendar year?

A: Running routes and just being able to finish through games. It was a question whether I could run routes rather than running in a straight line. Little did people know, yeah I ran vertical; really I ran a lot more routes with cuts more than I did vertical. For people to be skeptical about if I could be a polished route runner it was totally over my head. I’m glad for the opportunity that I have now. It’s all good now.

Q: Can you breakdown places you lined up and where you spent most of your time in the formations?

A: I spent most of my time playing deep. My junior year I played slot a little bit, for the most part I was out on the backside of the play just waiting for my opportunity.

Q: What do you think you need to work on at the next level?

A: Just helping my team win. Go up to Buffalo and do whatever I can to help the team win. Really what I need to work on, I’d say, being able to just be durable through the whole season. I made it through this season without any serious injuries or my whole career at Texas. But just finishing through a whole game, playing 60-70 snaps, being available.

Q: With your kick return experience, did you do any gunner there?

A: I did it all since I’ve been at Texas. I’m looking forward to do whatever I need to do to help the team.

Q: What is your fastest 40?

A: I was told that I was clocked at 4.17 and 4.19. I guess you could say that those are my fastest times. It was at the Combine (hand timed).