By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Ricky Goodson has been a player to watch this fall on the Amherst College football team.
Last week, Goodson turned in his best outing of the 2019 season against Bowdoin College when the third-year defensive back posted five total tackles, including four solo stops and one tackle for a loss of 12 yards. Additionally, he forced one fumble, which resulted in a touchdown and registered his first interception of the season.
His effort against the Polar Bears certainly helped the Mammoths bounce back after a heartbreaking defeating to Middlebury College in double-overtime but also earn him the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Goodson has tallied a career-high 25.0 total tackles in five games this season, including a career-high 20 solo stops. Two of his tackles have been for a loss of 14 yards.
Noontime Sports caught-up with Goodson to discuss his outing against the Polar Bears, but also what he and the defense must do this week against Hamilton College.
How important was it for your team to return to the win column last week against Bowdoin College after falling to Middlebury College in double-overtime?
Another mark in the win column is always important for our team, especially with things being so competitive in the NESCAC. Our coaches and teammates were focused on having a strong week of practice and we were able to do just that, which is what led to our victory last Saturday.
You enjoyed one of your best games of the season thus far last Saturday against Bowdoin. How did you prepare yourself to have a successful day on the gridiron?
Our coach often stresses that preparation starts on Monday during our first walk through and develops during the week through practice and film. I value this approach and continue it through our team’s weekly process.
Many players on the team including myself had multiple midterm assignments last week which interfered with my weekly flow of preparation for the game. I managed to complete my school work and was able to regain focus (last Saturday).
You have a talented defense that has limited opponents to 16 points or less in four games this season. How do the players around you make you a better player?
The players on our defense give me all the juice I need on game day. I see how they prepare during the week and pregame, and trust that they will fulfill their responsibilities. There is nothing more comforting to a secondary than knowing that your front seven are going to get their jobs done.
What is something most fans don’t know about the Amherst College defense?
We are close to one another, both on and off the field. Our defense will often spend free time together which I believe builds a stronger bond that correlates to gameday.
Your team travels to Hamilton College this upcoming weekend. What must you and the defense do to help the squad win a second-straight contest?
Our defense just needs to play freely. I believe that this defense knows their responsibilities and if we can let go and play fast, we will do what is needed to put our offense in the best position to win the game.
Lastly, with this week’s game being a road contest, what do you enjoy most about playing away from campus? Do you get an additional adrenaline boost running onto an opponent’s field?
Away games are always a different atmosphere between traveling, staying in hotels and adjusting to a new pregame. But honestly, I love the process of it all.
Game days on the road are always run on a tight schedule which helps me mentally and physically prepare for the game.