Texas’ receiving corps just got a whole lot faster.

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After originally opting to redshirt this season, Marquise Goodwin is coming back to play football for the Longhorns. Goodwin will join the team for practice Tuesday and was seen working out with senior safety Blake Gideon and strength and conditioning head coach Bennie Wylie Monday afternoon at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“Words can’t even explain how I excited I am right now to be getting back on the football field,” Goodwin said. “I texted coach [Mack] Brown after the game on Saturday and told him how much I missed football. I said I was having second thoughts about redshirting and he said, ‘We miss you and need you, so come out if you want.’”

Goodwin’s 26’3” (8.02 m) leap in the qualifying round of the long jump at the World Championships in Daegu, Korea landed him in 13th place. The top 12 advanced to the final round and despite being tied with two others for 11th, Goodwin didn’t move on as he finished behind the other two in a tiebreaker based on the next best jump.

The junior receiver made 31 catches for 324 yards and one touchdown last season but Goodwin may be best remembered for his go-ahead 14-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of Texas’ 16-13 win over Oklahoma two years ago.

Printed on September 6, 2011 as: Sports Briefly: Goodwin rejoins football team, provides receiving corps depth