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Good hands may be good thing for A&M back

Mike Goodson didn’t mind getting drafted Sunday by a Carolina Panthers squad that already has explosive running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart on their roster.

“I’m just a running back with great hands, I can run routes out of the backfield and I’m very explosive,’’ Goodson said. “I know they already have two explosive guys, so I’m just going to add to what they already have.

“I can’t wait to get under DeAngelo’s wings, and they’ve also got Jonathan Stewart, who I’ve watched. I’m just ready to go up there and watch those two guys and learn from them.’’

The Panthers used the 11th pick of the fourth round _ the 111th overall selection _ to draft Goodson, the slippery running back from Texas A&M.

In three years with the Aggies, Goodson proved he was versatile enough to rush for 1,966 yards and 13 touchdowns, and also catch 90 passes for 860 yards and nine TDs while averaging 5.2 yards per rush.

A Klein Collins High School graduate, Goodson mostly wants to get to Carolina and soak in some knowledge from Panthers running backs coach/assistant head coach Jim Skipper.

While the running backs coach with the New Orleans Saints, Skipper turned Rueben Mayes (1986 and ’87) and Dalton Hilliard (1989) into Pro Bowlers. He also was the running backs coach with the New York Giants when Tiki Barber collected his first 1,000-yard rushing season in 2000.

And last year Williams rushed for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Stewart had 836 yards rushing and scored 10 TDs.

“Tiki was one of my favorite running backs, so I know (Skipper) knows how to coach running backs,’’ Goodson said. “So I can’t wait to get down there and see what he can make me into.

“I want to thank God first and then Coach Skipper for taking a chance on me.’’

While the 6-foot, 208-pound Goodson has designs on one day becoming a Pro Bowl running back, the Panthers have talked to him about playing slot receiver. They also have hinted towards possibly using him as a punt and/or kickoff returner.

“I plan on being in the backfield, but anywhere they put me I’m just ready to play,’’ Goodson said. “I bring a pretty good slot receiver also, so wherever they throw me I’m ready to play.

“I like a lot of quick backs, but I don’t pattern myself after anybody. I think I have a unique style and I think I’m going to bring a different kind of explosive back to the team.’’

Goodson was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year by some publications in 2006 when he rushed for 847 yards on just 127 carries and scored four touchdowns while averaging a whopping 6.7 yards per carry. But his production tampered off from there _ 153 carries for 711 yards in 2007 _ to the point where he mysteriously carried just 94 times for 408 yards and five touchdowns this past season.

“As an athlete you always want to compete and get more than what you got,’’ Goodson said. “But I’m here now and I can just go on and try to make this part better.’’

Not enough touches to his satisfaction, Goodson said, played a part in him leaving A&M and declaring for the draft after his junior season.

“I sat down with my family and really, it just came down to it was my time to go,’’ Goodson said. “My experience as Texas A&M was great and I enjoyed being there, but I just felt it was time to go to the next level.’’

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Big 12 role call

Here are the players from the Big 12 Conference who were drafted Sunday.

Round=Overall=Player=College=Position=NFL team

3=78=Louis Vasquez=Texas Tech=guard=San Diego

3=81=Roy Miller=Texas=defensive tackle=Tampa Bay

3=98=Chase Coffman=Missouri=tight end=Cincinnati

3=99=Juaquin Iglesias=Oklahoma=wide receiver=Chicago

4=101=Stephen McGee=Texas A&M=quarterback=Dallas

4=105=Henry Melton=Texas=defensive end=Chicago=

4=111=Mike Goodson=Texas A&M=running back=Carolina

4=120=Brandon Williams=Texas Tech=defensive end=Dallas

5=139=Colin Brown=Missouri=offensive tackle=Kansas City

5=147=Nic Harris=Oklahoma=linebacker=Buffalo

5=158=Cody Glenn=Nebraska=linebacker=Washington

5=163=Duke Robinson=Oklahoma=guard=Carolina

6=193=Matthew Slauson=Nebraska=guard=New York Jets

6=197=Stryker Sulak=Missouri=defensive end=Oakland

7=211=Chris Ogbonnaya=Texas=running back=St. Louis

7=218=Brad Jones=Colorado=linebacker=Green Bay

7=228=Lydon Murtha=Nebraska=offensive tackle=Detroit

7=229=Manuel Johnson=Oklahoma=wide receiver=Dallas