July 1, 2008

Goodson leads arsenal in A&M backfield

If there is one thing Texas A&M has a luxury of heading into the 2008 season it's running backs. During the spring, A&M found out that it had even more depth than it might have previously thought.

With Jorvorskie Lane moving to fullback under new head coach Mike Sherman and junior Mike Goodson taking over the starting role at tailback by himself, there wasn't any doubt in the first team. But behind Goodson it was a debate on who would step up.

Most would have pointed to sophomore Cornell Tarrant after he performed well in mop up duty as a redshirt freshman in 2007. But when Goodson went down for a week in the spring, it was redshirt freshman Bradley Stephens that played well enough that week to have those surrounding the program wondering if Goodson might be in trouble.

Stephens continued to split reps with Goodson on the first team once Goodson got back in pads in the spring, but by the time the Maroon & White game rolled around there was no doubt that Goodson will lead the very deep stable of running backs this season. Goodson racked up 58 yards on 10 carries on the first drive of the game before being pulled for the reminder of the night.

"He's certainly a guy that needs to have the ball a lot of times. I think he proved that today," Sherman said after the Maroon & White game. "I think we have good backs behind him that are competing as well, so I'm excited about that group as a whole."

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