Goodman's stock quickly rising

CLEMSON - After day 10 of preseason camp, the stock for Malliciah Goodman remained bullish.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele handed out high praise for Goodman following Saturday's stadium scrimmage.

That continued on Tuesday.

"The thing that's probably the most encouraging about Malliciah, he's becoming a dominant player at that position," Steele said. "As that happens, he'll start effecting others around him. That's what we're looking for.

"We're looking for guys that can not only dominate at their position, but they're dominant enough to effect their teammates around them. He's getting close to that."

Part of that improvement, Goodman said, is credited to his comfort in Steele's system.

"I haven't been making that many mistakes," Goodman said. "I've just got keep running. I pretty much know all the plays, just some adjustments here and there. Pretty much everything is falling into place."

The speed of everything going on around him has slowed down significantly.

"When you know your job, it's a lot easier to be more aggressive," Goodman said.

Sounds like a potential nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators.

"When you've got somebody that dominates at their position, somebody on the other side with chalk in their hand, they're going to try to figure out a way to get him out of the dominant phase," Steele said. "If they can't do it with one, what are they going to do it with?

"They're going to do it with two. If they do it with two, that makes other people better."

And, according to Steele, it can help set the tone during film study.

"Plus, just the fact that his motor -- that relentless effort and technique is on the film, so others see. They see him dominating at his position, playing technique correctly," he said. "It makes them see what it takes to play at this level."

From the end of the 2010 season and throughout the summer, Goodman wanted to improve his technique. That's one area that Steele has issued praise.

"I know you're technique kind of falls out of place when you're tired," Goodman said. "That's one thing I've really been working on -- consistency, trying to be more consistent with my technique, pass rush-wise, eyes and all of that."

Knowing that he was in line to replace All-American Da'Quan Bowers, Goodman realized he needed to elevate his game.

"I knew I was going to have to step up. I haven't done much since I've been here. I was just like, it's time for me to step up. I had to dedicate myself to doing it," Goodman said.


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