Redshirt Sophomore Walk-on Enjoys His First Year at USC
Adam Goodman knew he wanted to play NCAA Division-I Football. Graduating from Edison High School in Orange County two years ago, he wasn't offered a scholarship so he decided to play at a local junior college; Saddleback College.
Goodman fared well in his freshman year, and college coaches started to notice him more. At the beginning of his sophomore year, the tight end tore his ACL. He red-shirted his sophomore season.
At the end of his second year of college, some Pac-10 teams gave him more recognition, but since he had been out for the year, teams were hesitant on offering a scholarship. A few schools told him if he went back to Saddleback and show that he had recovered, they would recruit him. He had been offered to walk-on at USC.
Knowing he was already completing his second year of college, Goodman felt he needed to move on. He decided to walk-on at USC, who was in need of help at the fullback position. He thought his best choice would be to start his career at USC.
It's a Wonderful Life
Before coming to USC, Goodman made a stop. On February 24, 2007, he married his long-time girlfriend, Jessica. They had dated since high school.
Goodman's bride, Jessica frequently attended USC practices and games this year. The couple dated since sophomore year in high school. Said Jessica, "We've been married since February 24, but I've known him since the second grade." Can you imagine that?
Jessica graduated from Long Beach State University, and when she is not attending practice or games, works part-time in finance and part-time in youth ministry for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). This is a very busy young family.
Adam Goodman goes in motion as Aaron Corp drops back. Photo Courtesy of Jaime Rodrigues
SCPlaybook caught up with Adam Goodman to assess his first year at USC
We asked Goodman to describe his first year, he said, " It's been a lot of fun, it's a bit different than high school and junior college, a lot more fast pace, everyone's good, everyone's fast. But it's been fun coming in here, to just fit in and find my groove."
How many years of eligibility does he have left? Goodman replied, "I got hurt last year (sophomore year) so I red-shirted, I'm a red-shirt sophomore right now, so I've got two more years to play."
We asked him what his expectations are for next year? He replied, "Stanley (Havili) is a great player so I'll try to get some playing time, get out there and work and see what the coaches have for me. Coming in I didn't know what to expect, I just knew everyone was really good, and Coach Carroll runs a great program. It been great to be in his program and have him motivate (me). Coming in it's just been really fun."
What was the Rose Bowl experience like for Goodman? He related, "It was fun, stay in a nice hotel. Just to put all the hard work we do in the season, it's nice to be rewarded like this is really exciting. We stayed in Santa Monica for a few days, then stayed at the Inter Continental in Century City."
Goodman related his daily routine, "I'm married and I live in Orange County, Huntington Beach, so I drive in every day, about an hour."
We asked Goodman what it's like, having to juggle football and married life. He replied, "It's not really juggling, she's (Jessica) been really supportive in everything that I do. To have her stand by me along with everything, with school and football, it's a tough schedule, but she's right there beside me the whole time. I think it makes it easier for me to have her so supportive all the time."
It's been said by others it's really a family affair at USC, does he think that is true? "Yes," said Goodman, "my wife got to go to Disneyland and Lawry's so she got included in everything. All the coaches wives are invited so they make it that the players' wives can enjoy it as well."