Andy Should Be More Than Goodenough For ASU

Typically, when Junior College players are recruited, their role is to plug a hole. With the departure of ASU's starting quarterback Jeff Krohn, and the inexperience of the rest of the Sun Devil quarterbacks; suffice to say that recruiting Andy Goodenough, who was named First Team 2001 JC Grid-Wire All-American Team, was not merely to fill a void. The former Palomar Junior College quarterback was brought in to possibly lead Dirk Koetter's complex and efficient offense.

When we asked him about the recruiting process he went through with ASU, the quarterback said: "I was getting the generic recruiting letters from ASU for a while. Iowa, Mississippi St., and San Diego St. were recruiting me harder than ASU. Then, when Krohn leaves that opened a spot on ASU for a JC QB to come and play right away. At that time ASU really started to follow up on the recruiting process, and things started to happen very fast." Goodenough recalls the first encounter with the ASU coaches: "Coach Helfrich (The Sun Devils quarterbacks coach) was the first ASU coach I met personally. He didn't guarantee me anything. During the recruiting process, you get a lot of coaches that promise you this and that. I admire the fact that ASU coaches were sincere. The fact that they are young made it easy for me to relate to them. I liked the good track record they had at Oregon and Boise St. The offense at ASU is obviously great for a quarterback. That also really helped my decision."

Many high school players choose the Junior College route because of academics. However, the former Corvallis High School signal caller had other compelling reasons: "The colleges that I wanted to go to out of high school weren't recruiting me. I knew that I would a better chance of big time schools recruiting me, if I went to Junior College. Mike Riley (the former Oregon State head coach) went to the same high school I went to, and was going to recruit me for Oregon State. But then he leaves for the Chargers, and the new coach Dennis Ericson just didn't pursue me after Riley left. My best friend's father played in the same Junior College conference as Palomar (located north of San Diego, near Oceanside), and he had a home there. He encouraged me to come and play down there, if I didn't like the schools that were recruiting me. He told me that my options would open up after I played two years at a Community College."

Andy Goodenough passed for 220-339 (64.9%) 33 touchdowns and only nine interceptions during the 2001 season. He was stellar in the Southern California football championship game (trophy celebration shown in photo) when he connected on 24 of 34 passes for 402 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions), en route to a 20-14 win over Chaffey. Thus, the decision to go to Palomar was a successful one to say the least. "Winning in junior college helped me get noticed more. My high school team didn't have such a good record, and that can sometimes hurt your recruiting. When you're in a successful program, it helps you out automatically. I think that the two years in a Junior College help me mature as a quarterback and in other aspects too. Playing in a winning program just opens your eyes about so many different aspects of the game. We ran a spread offense and that helped me develop my passing game." When we asked him what makes a good quarterback, and what he needs to do to become one, he said: "Two things a quarterback has to have is good decision making and accuracy. A good arm helps too, but you have to have the other two things to be successful. I want to learn this offense and get it down. I want to be part of the team success. You also always want to work on getting stronger and faster."

Goodenough, along with 4 other JC transfers are already enrolled in school. The advantages of being at ASU this early in the year, are invaluable: "It's a big advantage as a quarterback to come in the middle of the year", He says, "I have more time to learn the offense, and be a part of spring practice. If you're competing for a starting job, you have to transfer to a school in the spring. Coming in the spring also helps you get used to school and your surroundings, before the season starts. That's real important too. So far, I like the school a lot. I'm majoring in Finance, and things are going great. The fact that I have other JC kids enrolling with me at the same time helps you with camaraderie on the team. But everybody on the team has been great. I really liked my teammates right away. I hang out with all my teammates, not only the JC kids."

When it comes to recruiting, many coaches try to recruit as little as possible from the Junior College ranks. ASU coaches didn't follow that path, due to the fact that immediate help was needed in several areas of the team. Coach Koetter's staple is an explosive offense, and the recruitment of quarterback Andy Goodenough, is an indication that the former Palomar Junior College quarterback will be seeing significant time under center. Some even speculate that it may be his starting job to lose. None of the new Sun Devil faces in 2002 will endure more pressure to perform immediately, than Goodenough. Nevertheless, this is an opportunity that he has been yearning for since high school. The talent, accolades, and the mindset of this young man from Corvallis could successfully settle the once again uncertainty at ASU's quarterback position.

Recruit Profile


Andy Goodenough

High School

Corvallis HS, Oregon


QB (played free safety too)


6-3 1/2


215 4.65

Date of Birth



Corvallis, OR


No nicknames. I come from a small town, and people didn't even make fun of my last name.

Favorite TV Show

Sports Center

Favorite Movie


Favorite Singer

Outcast. I just like alternative music in general.

Favorite Food


Favorite Drink

Orange Juice

Favorite Athlete

Walter Payton

Favorite Pro Team

Chicago Bears

Person you most admire

My mother. She raised us three kids, while having cancer.

First Football Memory

My junior year we beat our arch rival crescent valley. We were down by six with two minutes to go, and I threw the winning touchdown.

One Thing most people don't know about me

Even though I'm a fierce competitor on the field, I'm very laid back. On a Friday or Saturday night, you'll probably find me just hanging out at home.

Why did you choose ASU?

This team has a lot of upside, and I want to be part of this success.

Where do you want to be in ten years?

Obviously I still want to play Football in the NFL. I'll play until they tell me I can't. If it doesn't work out playing, I still want to be involved in Football. Maybe get into coaching.

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