Goodman improving fast

ATHENS – In the battle for playing time and starting jobs, one young Bulldog receiver is trying to work his way to the top.

"It's pretty much wide open," said redshirt freshman Demiko Goodman of the competition at wide receiver. "We are all young, and some of us are inexperienced. We all want it; we all want a chance to show that we can play. I think we are getting better each day."

All of the Dawgs' receivers are going to have to get a lot better to replace the production of Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson. Each in the crowded field of receivers (none with any significant experience) is trying to separate himself from the pack in order to get playing time.

Goodman says that competition will lead to the receivers becoming a surprising force in the fall.

"A lot of people want to doubt us, but we are getting better each day. We want to show everyone what we can do," he said. "You have to play hard in everything that you do. During one-on-one drills you have to win. The main thing is that you want to compete."

While Goodman's improvements over this time last season (and even his improvements from this spring) are obvious, he is not a starter, and sophomore A.J. Bryant seems to have the upper hand in the Bulldogs' three-receiver sets. Still, Goodman says he's striving to get his share of time on the field.

"I still have a lot to learn, but I want to get better," said Goodman. "When you work hard you get better – that's the main thing. I've been working on route running and catching the ball. When you get a lot of catches and do a lot of route running, you get better. That's all I want to do – I want to do all of the little things it takes."

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