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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.


BUFFALO BILLS THIRD ROUND DRAFT SELECTION (78th Overall)

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).