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Young coach takes full advantage of his on the field opportunity

Just last week we highlighted a couple grad assistants, and another off the field coach, making their on the field coaching debut for Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl due to a number of coaches leaving for Knoxville to join Butch Jones' staff.

Every young grad assistant and off the field coach prepares every day for an opportunity to get on the field during game day, but for one reason or another, not every coach is able to make the most of that opportunity.

Last night, Wesley Goodwin filled in for recently departed Charlie Harbison (who left for a position on Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn), making his debut as the interim secondary coach, and helped Clemson notch their biggest win in a long, long time. Goodwin had previously been working as a grad assistant in the video department.

The Clemson secondary dominated, holding the LSU offense to just 120 yards through the air. Credit Goodwin for stepping up during some adverse circumstances and having his guys physically and mentally prepared to play, and making the most of his big opportunity. That group of defensive backs left it all on the field last night, and it was evident.

Below is a quick clip of Dabo Swinney after the game.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.