Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 52, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Najee Goode.
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Goode was a four-year member of the WVU Football program, from 2008 to 2011. Goode played three seasons under former head coach, Bill Stewart, and finished up his career under current coach, Dana Holgerson. He appeared in 52 career games during his time in Gold and Blue, recording 157 career tackles, along with 8 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. He earned first team, all-Big East honors his senior season, and appeared in four bowl games during his time in the program.
Goode appeared in all 26 of the Mountaineers games his first two years in the program, but only started one game in each his freshman and sophomore seasons. The 6’1”, 238 pound defensive stalwart mostly played on special teams during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, helping the team to back to back 9-4 finishes, and two bowl bids. The team won the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina 31-30, but lost to Florida State in the 2010 Gator Bowl 33-21.
In his junior season, Goode started 11 of the teams’ 13 games, recording 47 tackles, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. While finishing in a three way tie with Pitt and UConn for the conference championship at season’s end, it was the Huskies that earned the Big East’s automatic BCS Bowl bid, leaving the Mountaineers to have to settle for an invitation to the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl. In that game, the Gold and Blue were thoroughly outplayed by a Russell Wilson led NC State squad that went on to win the game 23-7.
However, Goode’s senior season ended in success for everyone with the team earning the conference’s BCS Bowl bid after finishing in yet another three way tie for the league championship. Goode had a career year in 2011, recording 87 tackles, 5 sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. After a 9-3 regular season, with 3 straight wins to finish out the campaign, the Mountaineers went on to blow out the ACC champion Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl by an incredible 70-33 tally.
Following his graduation from West Virginia University in the spring of 2012, Najee Goode was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Along with his college roommate, and fellow WVU alum, Keith Tandy, Goode spent a season with the organization after signing a four year contract with the club following the draft. However, the team released Goode following training camp in 2013.
Currently, Goode is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles organization, signing on with the team a day after his release from the Buccaneers in September of 2013. In 17 career NFL appearances, Goode has recorded 15 tackles, along with a sack.
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