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Heads into senior campaign as most experienced of candidates in fight for starting fullback job for Irish in '99 . . . finished '99 spring drills neck and neck with Tom Lopienski for starting position . . . spent '98 campaign as top backup to veteran Jamie Spencer at that position . . . talented all-around player who made quick impact as rookie in '96, but had sophomore campaign in '97 sabotaged by early-season shoulder injury . . . similar to former Irish fullback standout Marc Edwards in style, with tough, physical, blue-collar work ethic a primary attribute . . . boasts all the tools to be top-flight contributor . . . excellent with the football and leads by example.

AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 12 games in '98 as top backup to veteran Jamie Spencer at fullback . . . ranked fourth in rushing with 202 yards, with his 7.0-yards-per-carry mark tops among Irish running backs . . . made 158 regular-season special team appearances, more than any other player on Irish squad . . . worked with punt, kickoff return and field goal/PAT units . . . enjoyed strong outing in '98 opener vs. Michigan with nine carries for 43 yards . . . had top career day vs. Arizona State, with four carries for 109 yards, including 60-yarder (the longest rush by an Irish player in '98) that set up final Irish touchdown, plus earlier 20- and 24-yard gains . . . named ABC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP vs. Arizona State . . . didn't carry the ball in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech but made 15 special team appearances.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish starter at fullback to begin '97 campaign, earning first-team assignment in first three games of '97 . . . made first career start vs. Georgia Tech and had 57 yards on 12 carries . . . separated right shoulder on fourth-down, fake-field goal attempt vs. Michigan State and missed last nine regular-season games as well as Independence Bowl . . . worked briefly as linebacker during recovery period . . . made 22 regular-season special-team appearances.

AS A FRESHMAN: Played in nine games as rookie fullback in '96, working behind Marc Edwards and Jamie Spencer . . . made 85 appearances with Irish special teams to help become one of six freshmen to earn monograms . . . only pass reception produced 22-yard touchdown play vs. Pittsburgh . . . scored a touchdown on 33-yard return of blocked punt vs. Rutgers . . . rushed four times for 26 yards vs. Washington, including 11-yarder that marked his long gain of season . . . had two carries for 10 yards vs. Boston College . . . carried the foootball vs. Purdue, Washington, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated sixth among Best in the Midwest prospects by Detroit Free-Press . . . named to Super 25 all-area team by Chicago Sun-Times . . . rated 90th on Chicago Sun-Times listing of top 100 players nationally . . . played both ways at Oswego High School in Oswego, Ill. . . . rushed 120 times for 1,296 yards and 21 TDs from fullback slot . . . averaged 18 tackles per game as linebacker while helping Oswego to 9-1 mark in '95 . . . averaged 42 yards as punter in '95 . . . three-year starter on both offense and defense . . . all-conference pick as junior in '94 while carrying 123 times for 1,076 yards and 20 TDs . . . captain of team as junior and senior . . . state qualifier as junior in shot put (53-3) and discus (166-4) . . . also played basketball . . . born 2-22-78 . . . youngest of three brothers . . . full name is Joey Allen Goodspeed . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in management.

        G-GS    Time  TC  Yds.  Avg.  TD  LG
1996    9-0    30:06  16   57   6.3    0  11
1997    3-3    54:56  18   81   4.5    0  14
1998   11-0    92:03  29  202   7.0    0  60
TOTAL  23-3   177:05  63  340   5.3    0  60

Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG KO Ret. Yds. Avg. TD LR 1996 1 22 22.0 1 22 1 44 44.0 0 44 1997 3 12 4.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 1998 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 14 14.0 0 14 TOTAL 4 34 8.5 1 22 2 58 29.0 0 44

Goodspeed Game by Game

1996
Game              TC  Yds.  TD  Rec.  Yds.  TD
Vanderbilt        DNP
Purdue            2     8    0    0    0    0
Texas             DNP
Ohio State        0     0    0    0    0    0
Washington        4    26    0    0    0    0
Air Force         0     0    0    0    0    0
Navy              0     0    0    0    0    0
Boston College    2    10    0    0    0    0
Pittsburgh        5     5    0    1   22    1
Rutgers           3     8    0    0    0    0
USC               0     0    0    0    0    0

1997 Game TC Yds. TD *Georgia Tech 12 57 0 *Purdue 6 24 0 *Michigan State 0 0 0 Michigan DNP-injured Stanford DNP-injured Pittsburgh DNP-injured USC DNP-injured Boston College DNP-injured Navy DNP-injured LSU DNP-injured West Virginia DNP-injured Hawaii DNP-injured 1997 Independence Bowl LSU DNP-injured

1998 Game TC Yds. TD Michigan 9 43 0 Michigan State 3 12 0 Purdue 1 2 0 Stanford 2 13 0 Arizona State 4 109 0 Army 1 0 0 Baylor 4 13 0 Boston College 1 -3 0 Navy 3 11 0 LSU 0 0 0 USC 1 2 0 1999 Gator Bowl Georgia Tech 0 0 0 *games started

The Joey Goodspeed File

  • The Irish offensive player who will surprise people this year is Javin Hunter
  • The Irish defensive player who will surprise people this year is Anthony Denman
  • The sports team I followed when I was younger was The Chicago Bears
  • A word to describe me on the field is Determined
  • A word to describe me off the field is Relaxed
  • Other than Notre Dame Stadium, my favorite college stadium in which to play football is Sun Devil Stadium
  • The area I would like to improve as a football player is Pass-blocking
  • If I could play another position on the other side of the ball it would be Linebacker
  • My greatest personal athletic moment was When I started my first game at Notre Dame
  • The most stimulating class I ever took at Notre Dame was Management
  • If I could compete against any Notre Dame athlete (non-football), it would be Todd Palmer (men's basketball)
  • The people who have helped me the most since I've been at Notre Dame are Mary Ann Spence, Dan O'Leary, B.J. Scott and Matt Brennan.
  • The top three teams in college football this year will be Notre Dame, Tennessee and Texas

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Joey Goodspeed
Joey  Goodspeed

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Montgomery, IL

High School:
Oswego

Weight:
253

Position:
Fullback

Birthdate:
02/22/1978

HS Coach:
Karl Hoinkes

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