One last run for Goodman

CLEMSON - The final season of Malliciah Goodman's Clemson career is scheduled to launch in eight days when the Tigers head to Atlanta to face Auburn.

Goodman has played 1,439 snaps during his first three seasons. He's recorded 122 tackles, five sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback pressures.

Playing opposite the likes of Andre Branch and Da'Quan Bowers, sacks haven't always come easy for the West Florence High School product.

"One thing my coach always told us in high school, being a defensive end -- be relentless and 100 percent of the time," he said. "That's what I try to do most of the time. I guess I was being a young player, maybe making excuses sometimes."

Goodman has taken a more business-like approach to his senior year.

"As I grow older and wiser about the game and how things work, it's kind of like a job, like a business…it has to be 100 percent dedication to your trade, whether that's pass rushing, being aware, working on your endurance, being relentless with your hands, all that stuff," he said. "That's been growing in me all summer. That helped me during this camp."

After all, he is the only senior among the defensive ends and is also just one of a few on the entire team.

Because of his age and experience, Brent Venables and Marion Hobby are going to lean heavily upon Goodman.

"I've seen improvements in myself, like awareness. Losing the 10 pounds that I lost really helped me with moving around, with my endurance -- all [of] that stuff," Goodman said. "I feel faster, quick twitch. I'm also aware more. I've been studying the game throughout the summer."

The weight loss regiment began in January. Now, he's down to 269. His body fat dropped from 16 percent to 14.

"They wanted me lower because I'm the only senior d-end…I'll have a bunch of reps this fall, there's no telling what situation we'll be in," Goodman said.

Over the summer, Hobby had each defensive end watch a tape of sacks by players in the NFL.

The tape showed Goodman something that he remembers from his high school coach, Trey Woodberry.

"I just watched how those guys -- everything is on the second effort, how they're relentless throughout their pass rush. I've been looking at that, picking up some things from that," Goodman said.

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