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FSU's Goodman hopes to get some snaps

The Tallahassee Democrat
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM
JACKSONVILLE -

He first began feeling it in the waning moments of the Jacksonville State game.

But he played through it.

Florida State senior WR Richard Goodman had been too hurt for too long to let a nagging groin injury keep him from taking the field, especially with the type of season he was having.

Finally though, four weeks later, it got to be too much. He had to sit out.

He hasn't been back since.

"It's been very frustrating," Goodman said before Tuesday's Gator Bowl practice. "Especially then because I was leading the ACC in some categories. I was leading in catches. I was basically being everything I wanted to be, I was bringing everything to the table. And being a dependable guy."

Goodman, who redshirted in 2008 after breaking an ankle in the middle of the 2007 season, was having the best year of his career.

"You hate to see it," FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "He was having a great year. He's a great kid, great leader. He does all the things you want. You hate to see it."

Goodman had 27 catches for 355 yards and one touchdown through six games. But his groin continued to get worse.

"Missing these last few games hurts me the most," he said. "But I don't regret anything. That's why I play every snap the way I do."

He hopes to see action in Friday's Gator Bowl but isn't sure if he'll be able to play. Goodman did say Tuesday that the groin is feeling better and he is going to try to give it a go against the Mountaineers.

Former FSU players stop by to say hello

Former All-Americans Todd Fordham and Sam Cowart were at FSU's practice Tuesday, as was Martin Mayhew, the general manager of the Detroit Lions.

"I had the chance to spend a little time with Coach (Bobby) Bowden ... to just thank him for being an inspiration to me," Mayhew said. "I've been watching him from afar the past few years, but I have seen this program really take root during the time I was here and shortly thereafter, to become a great program. It's tough to see him go, but I just have tremendous respect for him and everything he's done for the school."

Walk with Bobby

The City of Jacksonville and the Gator Bowl Association will honor Bowden's career with the Coach Bobby Bowden and Florida State University Football Team Walk before Friday's game.

"This will be Coach Bobby Bowden's final walk with the FSU football team and we are proud to honor his career and legacy in this way," Mayor John Peyton said. "This walk will provide thousands of fans the opportunity to take part in history and wish him well in his future endeavors."

The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the west side of the stadium on Adams Street near Gate 1 of the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

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