Anthony Goodwin Interview
Sr. / Montana / CB
Updated - 4-15-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Anthony Goodwin: My height is 6’0, weight is 185 and 4.45 at the pro day.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Anthony Goodwin: Right now, I am working out at the school.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your Pro Day performance. Were you satisfied with the results?
Anthony Goodwin: No, I had high expectations. I wanted to run a 4.3. I don’t know if I could have. I ran a 4.4, which was good. I had a 37-inch vert and a 10’4 broad jump. I was kind of upset about the three-cone. My first attempt was a 3.88, but I touched with my inside hand. My second attempt was about 4.0. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The scouts came to watch Jordan Tripp and me. It was cool to receive that kind of attention.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what schools showed interest in you?
Anthony Goodwin: Out of high school, I went to a Division II school. It was a half academic and a half football scholarship. I started nine games my freshman year. Then I went to a junior college. I attended Mt. San Antonio.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to a junior college?
Anthony Goodwin: I always had high expectations of myself. I felt like I should have been at a Division I school, but I tore my meniscus out of high school. It killed my chances. I knew that I was better than playing at a Division II school. My mentor told me to earn another scholarship. He told me that I should go to a JC.
Alex Khvatov: What schools expressed interest in you when you were coming out of a junior college?
Anthony Goodwin: I had San Jose State, Hawaii and Fresno State. Washington called me at the last minute in the morning of me signing a letter of intent with Montana.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to attend the University of Montana?
Anthony Goodwin: My mentor went to the coaches’ convention. CB’s coach from Montana was there. He told my mentor that I could come in and play right away because they were losing starting corners. A friend of mine from high school also went to Montana that made the decision easier.
Alex Khvatov: How would you rate your overall career with Montana?
Anthony Goodwin: The first year was shaky. It took some time to adjust to the speed of the game. My JC was more lenient and loose. At Montana, it was more technical. It mattered where you would line up. It was overwhelming my first season. I did a lot better my second season. I had my swag on. I was feeling really good. I had a pretty good senior season. I got the National Player of the Week. I got attention from the media and I am stage shy. The whole state was giving me attention. It was cool.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Anthony Goodwin: I am competitive. I hate losing. I also play at a higher level when I play someone better. I want to prove that I am just as good or better than them. I get so anxious when I face a good player. I am pretty sure that I am fast and I communicate with my teammates before plays.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Anthony Goodwin: I want to improve upon my hesitation. I watch Richard Sherman and I see that he just makes up his mind. I need to trust my instincts. I need to read and react to it. In some situations, I get a pass breakup, but not a pick.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Anthony Goodwin: Up to this point, it has to be the game against Portland State when I got the two picks. I got the National Player of the Week. It was the first defensive series after halftime, and I got the one-handed pick. I saw the replay, and it was cool.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Anthony Goodwin: If I lose once to someone, I will go after them until I beat them. No one scares me. I will line up against Dez Bryant. I won’t quit until I do better. I don’t set limits. I can be great. That sets me apart. Some people get nervous when they hear about competition. I know that it is time to show what I can do. Competition is a big motivation for me.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Anthony Goodwin: I grew up a Charles Woodson fan. I have seen his Michigan highlights. I would watch him blitz. He is so instinctual. He trusts his instincts. I would love to watch film with him and pick his brain. I had his Raiders’ poster on the wall. My favorite player in Pop Warner was Walter Payton.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?
Anthony Goodwin: JR Nelson is my boy. He is the main one. I hang out with him. He is like my little brother. I have seen him in spring ball, and he will do some great things at corner.
Alex Khvatov: What will you miss the most about Montana?
Anthony Goodwin: A lot. I learned a lot coming from a JC. I learned not to take anything for granted. I had to bring my own equipment when I was playing at a JC. I was shocked that people complained here when they got free pants and helmets. I was really gracious for it. It is a cool spirit when you are on campus. It is a part of me. I will miss my friends and the environment. I got a free education and I didn’t have to worry about living expenses.
Alex Khvatov: How is Montana different from your hometown in California?
Anthony Goodwin: The weather is cold. It wasn’t that bad my junior season. But it was a lot colder this past season with the wind and the snow. People are a lot friendlier. Girls in California are snobby. I can see how people get stuck here. Everything is so convenient. I can walk to school in 10 minutes. Rent is cheap. It is a friendly environment.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait that a corner should have?
Anthony Goodwin: Swag is a confident feeling. It is a possibility that you will get beat, but you don’t care. It is not arrogance, but it is just a humble confidence. It is just trusting in your own ability.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Anthony Goodwin: I grew up a Raiders fan. My dad was a Raiders fan. We lived in the Bay Area when I became interested in football. Later on, I was just watching players. I didn’t attach myself to brand names and teams. I paid attention to individual players.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Anthony Goodwin: Off the field, I study frequently. I am a nerd. I read books. I like philosophy. I play video games a lot with my friends. We have cool conversations. It is annoying watching TV. We talk to each other about different stuff.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Anthony Goodwin: I am a psychology major. I am interested in it. I thought that you would be able to read minds. But once I got older, I just started listening to people and comprehending what they were saying. You develop skills to be able to explore someone’s mind. When I am done with school, I am planning to look into grad school. I might get a corporate job or get into forensic psychology. But my focus is on football right now. It is all that I have ever known.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Anthony Goodwin is….
Anthony Goodwin: On the field, I am swag. Off the field, I am different.
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