Looking to lead

Nearly two years ago, Richard Goodman was having one of the best games of his career. He had caught a career high 11 passes for 73 yards when, early in the fourth quarter, a sudden twist of fate took place. Goodman suffered a broken ankle and is just now getting back to his old self.

It was the annual Homecoming football game and Florida State led Duke 22-6 early in the fourth quarter when Richard Goodman caught his 11th pass of the game. It was a new career high for the junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl on what seemed to be a routine play. But as soon as Goodman was tackled, he let out a loud scream and it was apparent something was wrong.

Goodman suffered a broken right ankle that night and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season.

Spring practice rolled around and Goodman, ankle still tender, was extremely limited and did not participate as much as he had hoped throughout the spring and into summer workouts.

When fall camped started in August, it looked like Goodman was getting back into form and would be ready to go for the 2008 season. As what looked like a precaution, Goodman sat out the first two games of the season against Western Carolina and Chattanooga. A few more weeks passed and still no sign of Goodman. It then became apparent that he was still not fully healthy and would most likely be taking a redshirt for the season.

Fast forward to spring of 2009 and Goodman is finally getting back to where he used to be and is ready to take on a new role for the Seminoles.

"It's a blessing," Goodman said. "A year ago, I didn't see things being like this. I honestly didn't know where I would be, or if I would even be back here." With the graduation of Greg Carr, the dismissal of Preston Parker and with Corey Surrency's status still in limbo, Goodman will be forced to step into a leadership role to help a wide receiver unit full of youth.

"I feel like I need to do my best to make up for all those guys as much as I can right now" Goodman said. "The biggest thing I can bring to the group right now is leadership. I'm putting it on myself to help these younger guys make sure they know the entire playbook so they always hit their routes and make sure that they are in the right place at the right time."

Not only will Goodman be looking to help some of the other younger receivers along, but he is looking to elevate his own game to a new level to help fill the void once the season starts in September.

"I am just working to get back to my old self" Goodman said. "Just making sure I can still get in and out of my cuts like I used to. I want to be that guy. Third down or whenever. When Coach Fisher needs some guy to go to, I want him to know it's me."

Goodman is currently listed first on the depth chart at wide receiver and will continue to battle to keep that spot heading into fall camp and then into the season when Florida State kicks off 2009 on Labor Day against arch-rival Miami.

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