by Terry McCormick
February 22, 02013
INDIANAPOLIS _ Former Texas Longhorns receiver and Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin wants to make his mark at the NFL Combine.
Specifically, Goodwin tells mysantonio.com that he wants to break Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson's time of 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash, set in 2008. Johnson's time is the fastest official time ever recorded at the Combine.
“I want to run the fastest (40) ever,” Goodwin said Friday. “That’s my goal. ...Chris Johnson, 4.24, fully automated. So…that’s my goal.”
Goodwin also wants to show scouts that he is more than just a track athlete, though.
“I’m looking to run the fastest, but I want to prove that I’m more than a speed guy,” he said. “I can run routes…I’m definitely not a track guy playing football. I’m a football guy that just happens to jump really far…I want to show I can catch the ball away from my body. Anyone can run a 40.
“…Track guys just really have linear speed. I have proved I have more than linear speed. Track guys are known for not being able to catch, for not having good hands. I run routes, get out of my breaks. I can run other routes other than just running the nine. I’m tough. I have taken on hits, I’ve blocked. I even got MVP for blocking one game and I didn’t even tough a ball that game. I don’t think a track guy could go out there and get MVP for blocking.”
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com