So far, D.D. Goodson's football career at Colorado has consisted of a few position switches, not a lot of game time and very little impact on the field.

The junior from Rosenberg, Tex., could be on the verge of something big, though.

Goodson heads into Sunday's season opener against Colorado State as the starting slot receiver for the Buffaloes. In that role, he's made big play after big play during training camp.

"I finally found a position that I felt like I'm good at and I feel like I can make plays for my team," said Goodson, who is 5-foot-6, 170 pounds.

Goodson was a dangerous all-purpose weapon at Lamar Consolidated High School, whether it was catching the ball, running it or returning kicks.

He came to Colorado as a tailback, but during his freshman year in 2011, the Buffs were so depleted in the secondary that former head coach Jon Embree moved him to cornerback. He played four games at corner, two of those starts -- against national powers Oregon and Southern Cal.

"Initially I was like, 'Uh, I'm an offensive guy,' but I wanted to try to help the team," Goodson said. "It was my first time playing (defensive back) and I definitely felt out of place. I was thrown into the fire. But, you live and you learn."

A year ago, the Buffs were deeper at corner, so they moved him back to tailback. He played very little, though, rushing for 18 yards on five attempts.


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While his first two seasons didn't go as he hoped they would, Goodson said he learned a lot by playing at corner and running back.

Then, the arrival of new head coach Mike MacIntyre gave Goodson a fresh start and he has taken full advantage of it. MacIntyre moved him to receiver, and during the four main scrimmages of spring, Goodson led the team with 13 receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns.

"It was really important to me (to play well in the spring) because I let (the coaches) know before hand, I told them I could catch and I could make plays, so I had to back that up," he said. "At the same time, the spot was open for tryouts, so I took advantage."

Goodson has continued to impress his coaches and teammates during training camp this month, and he's now considered to be potentially one of CU's biggest weapons this season.

He got here by keeping his focus and making the most out of every situation presented to him during the previous two years.

"It's a lot of learning experiences," he said. "They all help you on the field, they all help you with the speed of the game. I felt like I got better as a football player at each position."

Barely noticed out of high school (CU and Texas State were the only teams to offer scholarships) and lost in the shuffle during the past two years, Goodson is now eager to show what he's learned and prove he can be an asset to the Buffs.

"In order to shine, you have to grind," he said. "That's the thing I keep in the back of my head. Any time I'm doing a play, any time I'm working out, I just keep that in my head. Regardless, it's going to come."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.