D.D. Goodson fueled by doubters

Colorado freshman running back D.D. Goodson didn't receive a lot of attention in recruiting because college coaches thought he was too short to help them. The CU staff led by Jon Embree liked what it saw of Goodson on film and the decision to give him a scholarship this summer has looked like a good one so far in fall camp. Get inside for more.

D.D. Goodson is another true freshman on the Colorado roster who appears to be making a case for playing time.

Goodson, a product of Rosenberg, Texas, west of Houston, was the final high school signee in Embree's first recruiting class. He did a little bit of everything offensively for his high school team and was named the Utility Player of the Year in his district as a senior.

"I'm just trying to fit in," Goodson said of his first week in black, silver and gold. "The tempo is quick and I'm adjusting to it. I'm in my playbook every day trying to impress coach (Eric) Bieniemy."

Goodson might be the fastest running back on the roster, considering senior Brian Lockridge still hasn't looked completely healthy and sat out Thursday's practices with a bruised tailbone. Goodson has 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash according to the CU sports information department. It was one of the elements of his game most attractive to CU coaches.

That speed could make him a dangerous return man this fall or in the future for the Buffs. He is competing for the punt return job and the kickoff return job in camp.

"Good quickness, does a good job catching the ball as far as a return standpoint," Embree said. "Real natural getting underneath it and catching it. He shows good quickness hitting the hole.

"When he's back there at running back and bounces it outside, you can see he's got some wiggle to him."

Goodson is listed on the CU roster as a running back and a receiver. So far in camp he hasn't worked at all as a receiver, despite the fact it was his primary position in high school.

While he might not play receiver in college, his ability to catch the ball will certainly make him a threat to defenses coming out of the backfield in the West Coast offense the Buffs are running.

Goodson hopes to get as many opportunities as possible to get his hands on the ball and make something happen. He said that might be in a special teams role.

"I think I will have a great chance of doing special teams this year," Goodson said. "Special teams are the biggest plays in the game. So I would love to get on special teams."

Goodson didn't have any scholarship offers from major programs on signing day in February. He patiently waited through the spring and continued to work hard. He said he has "a damn good work ethic" and it paid off when CU found out about him in May. He signed with the Buffs on June 8.

He said he was told multiple times the reason he wasn't being offered scholarships was his height (5-foot-7, 165 pounds). He said he is all about proving people wrong.

"That's my motivation, showing people that height doesn't matter," Goodson said.

Goodson said he devotes one-hour every night from 11to midnight studying his playbook. Right now, it's just about the only free time most members of the team have. Goodson said he is doing his best to make an impression on Bieniemy.

"He's a perfectionist," Goodson said. "He wants everything to be perfect, but I see that he just wants the best of us. I can take criticism very well and I just listen to what he says."

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