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
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
The Joey Goodspeed File