23 - Nick Gooden
|Hometown:||San Antonio, Texas|
2010 (Senior): Played in all 11 games as a member of special teams units...had three tackles for year, all solo stops...had single stops against Penn State, Central Connecticut State and North Dakota State...earned his fourth letter.
2009 (Junior): Played in 10 games, starting four contests...started at strong safety against Indiana State, South Dakota State, UNI and Illinois State...a big part of the nickel package...credited with 20 tackles, including 11 solos for the season...had a tackle for a four-yard loss at UNI...forced a fumble against Illinois State...had four stops in four games...posted three solos and an assist against UNI and Illinois State...had two solos and two assists at Pittsburgh...had a solo and three assisted stops versus South Dakota State...had two tackles at Indiana State...finished with single stops against Northeastern and Western Illinois...key member of special teams units having played 138 snaps...played 50 on punt coverage, 41 on kickoff coverage and 33 on kickoff return...on defense, played 323 snaps...had a high of 72 against Illinois State...played more than 60 against UNI (67) and South Dakota State (61)...did not play at North Dakota State...earned his third letter.
2008 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games, making five starts...started first three contests of the season and at Southern Utah and Missouri State...had 30 total tackles, including 17 solos stops...had a season-high eight tackles at Illinois State...had five solos and three assists against the Redbirds...had six tackles at South Dakota State...also forced a fumble against the Jackrabbits...had three tackles, including two solos at Ohio State...had two stops in six games...both were solos against Southern Illinois and Western Illinois...had a single tackle at Missouri State...broke up a pass versus North Dakota State...credited with 380 snaps played on defense...named W.O.W./Derek Pixley Hit of the Week versus Northern Iowa...earned his second letter.
2007 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games as a member of special teams units and was a reserve in the secondary...credited with 13 total tackles, including eight solo stops...had a season-best three tackles against Indiana State...had two tackles, both solos against Stony Brook and Southern Illinois...had single stops in six games...had a half tackle for loss at Indiana State...returned a recovered fumble three yards against Lock Haven...one of six true freshmen to see playing time...played a team-high 235 snaps on special teams units...earned his first letter...Named to Gateway Honor Roll.
High School: As a senior recorded 82 total tackles, including 39 solo stops...had double figures in tackles on four occasions...recorded six interceptions...had seven pass breakups and blocked two field goals...was a second-team all-district pick.
Personal: Parents are Susan and Oscar Gooden...has a sister...born July 18, 1989...has a Life Rank with the Boy Scouts...major is business marketing.