October 13, 2011

Goodwin coming back home?

When Will Goodwin accepted a scholarship offer to play soccer at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College he decided to ask about walking on to the football team.

Now a sophomore, Goodwin has excelled so well for the Indians on the gridiron that it is likely going to take him on to the next level.

"The cool thing about the whole situation is last year I was just coming in to have fun," Goodwin said. "I didn't even kick or punt hardly in high school but played quarterback. I always knew I could kick because I played soccer. I came up to ICC on my visit for soccer and talked to the football coach and he told me I could come kick. I just had fun last year and didn't think a think about it, just helping Coach (Jon) Williams out. I enjoy the game of football and as it got on into the season I realized I could continue on playing after ICC."

Goodwin has handled all of the kicking duties at ICC the last two seasons. As a freshman he kicked six field goals and made 21 of 23 extra points. He also punted 39 times for a 31.9 yard average including a long of 57 yards.

But after taking it more seriously as a sophomore his numbers have continued to climb. Through four games Goodwin was averaging 38.5 yards per punt.

"Last year I put up some good numbers but it was without any real technique or real practice into it," Goodwin said. "I just went out there and did what I liked to do. But I worked hard over the summer and preseason trying to work on the little things. It's definitely helped me in the kicking game this year. There is definitely a little bit more pressure on me this year. I do feel like I'm kicking a lot better this year. I'm focusing on making sure everything is how it needs to be."

The six-foot, 175-pounder is also simultaneously competing on the soccer team for the Indians.

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