Wyoming is on the Buffs` mind.

But not on Aric Goodman`s lips.

Colorado`s placekicker refuses to answer any questions this week about his former team while preparing to welcome the Cowboys to Folsom Field this Saturday.

Goodman politely explains that nothing good can come from his talking about Wyoming.

"I love Colorado and couldn`t imagine being anywhere else," Goodman said during an interview with the Camera. "Just got to get ready for the opponent and get ready to go."

Goodman was recruited out of Cherry Creek High School by former Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn and his staff. In 2006, he earned honorable mention freshman All-American honors from Sporting News after making 10 of 16 field goals and 18 of 20 extra points.

Aric Goodman hit a career-best 54-yard field goal earlier this year vs. Colorado State
Aric Goodman hit a career-best 54-yard field goal earlier this year vs. Colorado State (Cliff Grassmick)

Cowboys fans only seem to remember the botched extra point at Virginia, which was the stunning difference in Wyoming`s 13-12 overtime loss.

Goodman transferred to CU as a walk on in 2007 and has publicly said that after growing up in Denver the small-town atmosphere of Laramie wasn`t for him. His twin sister, Ally, is a member of CU`s soccer team.

After a redshirt season, Goodman made headlines in Boulder during a wild, emotional ride only a kicker could experience. He earned a scholarship after making the game-winning field goal against West Virginia in overtime, only to miss his next eight attempts, a dubious CU record.During this past offseason, Goodman changed his mechanics on placekicks and also made sure he was a weapon on kickoffs.


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In the otherwise ominous opener against Colorado State, he made a career-best 54-yard field goal.

"It was big," said Goodman, whose previous long was a 52-yarder at Wyoming. "I have the confidence in myself that I`m going to make those. Just knowing I can do it and going out there and doing it is important.

"I know a bunch of people are skeptical whether I`m expected to make a kick like that. It`s nice to go out there right off the bat and kind of silence some critics and prove I can do it and that I have the ability to go out there and make some kicks. It`s fun."

Goodman is 2-for-3 on field goals this season and done his part to help the struggling defense by sending his eight kickoffs (not counting three on-sides tries) into the end zone to make the average opponent starting yard line the 20.

"The one thing I`m excited about is being on the field more," Goodman said of adding kickoffs to his list of responsibilities this season. "I feel like being able to kick in a situation that is not really pressure-packed is real nice. It`s good to get out on the field and get used to it. I feel like it takes the pressure off every time I`m on the field."

Special teams, a much-maligned phase of CU`s game last season, might be the strength of the Buffs in 2009, despite the loss of return man Josh Smith (transferred to UCLA).

Darrell Scott is averaging 26.3 yards on kickoff returns, and Matt DiLallo is averaging 35.6 net yards punting with four attempts placed inside the 20. The defense hasn`t been forcing many punts, so the jury is still out on Jason Espinoza (averaging 5.0 yards on two punt returns).

"Last year special teams weren`t up to the level we wanted them to be. Fortunately, this year we`ve been playing very well on special teams and we`ve done what we`ve wanted to do so far," Goodman said. "We have to keep doing that and hopefully we`ll win some games because special teams is playing well."

The Buffs would really like to beat Wyoming handily on Saturday for their first win. Goodman isn`t going to say it out loud, but you get the feeling he wouldn`t mind at all if CU needed a late field goal to pick up its first victory of the season.

"Would he be happy? I`m sure he would," CU head coach Dan Hawkins said. "But I hope he`d be just as happy with a win over Toledo or Colorado State. I don`t buy into that theory that you`re waiting for some sort of revenge factor. I don`t think that`s the way you should play."

Miller to tackle

CU coaches announced Wednesday night that sophomore Ryan Miller will move from right guard to right tackle for the Wyoming game. Miller will take the place of Bryce Givens, who will be out of the lineup while he takes care of some personal matters. CU coaches haven`t decided who will start at right guard, with the likely candidates being either Blake Behrens or Matt Bahr. Miller started his career at CU as a left tackle, then moved to guard this season.