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Getting to Know New York Jets’ Running Back: Mike Goodson

By Alan Schechter

Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson (25) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The running game has been given a pretty significant face lift by John Idzik and company. Gone is Shonn Greene, and in his place is Chris Ivory, and the guy we are going to talk about today. We got to know Chris Ivory a couple of days ago, today we take a look at a guy coming from a similar situation.

He hasn’t gotten a chance to play much, with only one season where he carried the ball more than 100 times.  But, when he has gotten the chance to play, he has performed quite well.  The spotlight is on RB Mike Goodson.

Mike is a local kid by birth, born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1987.  His family ended up in Texas, where he started his high school career at Westfield High School in Houston.  He transferred to Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, where he was given the chance to play running back.

As a junior, Goodson rushed for 1,152 yards on 101 carries, and 14 TDs.  As a senior, he rushed for 973 yards on 99 carries.  For his college ball, he initially made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State, but by 2006, committed with a letter of intent to Texas A & M.

Here are his stats at Texas A & M:

He was drafted by the Panthers with their fourth round draft pick in 2009, the 111th pick overall.

In 2010, Goodson had the opportunity to make 3 starts for the Panthers, posting 390 yards in the three games. That year, Goodson ran the ball 103 times for 452 yards and 3 TDs. He was traded to the Raiders in March of 2012, and signed by the Jets during the current off-season. Here are his full career stats in the NFL to date:

Will there be enough carries to go around? Time will only tell. Mike Goodson will certainly make his case for getting some of those carries this fall.