A Second Chance for Goodman?

Life has a funny way of balancing out. Back in 1999, a player by the name of Joey Thomas was all set to play football at the University of Washington. Things didn't work out for the former Kennedy star, so he headed east to Bozeman, Montana, where Thomas developed into one of the top defensive back prospects in the country. Are the Bobcats about to pay the Huskies back?

Washington recruited Great Falls (Mont.) CM Russell TE Jason Goodman out of high school, but in the end Jason felt a better fit was closer to home. Now, after a year playing as a true freshman for the Bobcats, Goodman has a much different perspective. About a week ago, Jason was released from his scholarship letter at MSU so that he could pursue a dream.

"There wasn't any bad blood personally," the 6-4.5, 265-pound Goodman told Dawgman.com Monday. "I just decided that I have one chance in life to do something and I've always wanted to play at Washington, so I'm going to try and give that a go."

Jason tore his ACL at the end of the 2003 season, his first at Montana State. He had 5 catches for 81 yards, with a long of 29."I got hurt in the very last game of the season, at Northern Iowa," Goodman said. "We ended up winning the Big Sky. I played in all 13 games.

"It feels good now. I have the full range of motion and I've been running on it. It's just a matter of taking that first hit. There hasn't been any swelling or anything and I've been playing a lot of basketball on it."

Goodman's goal now? To get into school and continue to strengthen his knee. "My plan is to walk-on at Washington, redshirt in 2004 and then play in 2005 with three years to play," he said. "This has all happened within the past week, so I'm pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to get out there. If that means going to JC for a semester or whatnot ... it's just something I've always dreamed about, playing at Husky Stadium. I know, given the opportunity, I could play out there, at whatever position."

Jason wants to be clear that his decision should not be taken as a slight against the Bobcats. "It has nothing to do with the coaches," he said. "They gave me a great opportunity, but it just didn't work out. It's something I have in my heart that I know what I need to do. When I decided I wanted to do this, I knew in my heart where I wanted to go. I could make phone calls and I still have contacts out there, but that's not really the question. I want to be a Husky."

So now all that needs to happen is for Goodman and the coaches to reconnect and see what possible avenues are available. "I've been playing phone tag with the coaches," he said. "They've been out of the office and I've talked to secretaries to get all the info I needed. In fact, I'm supposed to call back in a little bit."

We will keep you posted on Goodman's status as more information becomes available.

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