Goodwin, kickers to join Longhorns soon

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas players signed their scholarship papers and moved into their dorm rooms on Sunday, but there are still a few Longhorns who have some catching up to do.

The most obvious absentee is receiver Marquise Goodwin, whose run at the 2012 London Olympics ended on Saturday with a 10th-place finish in the long jump.

Texas coach Mack Brown said Goodwin and UT track coach Bubba Thornton are working with Olympic officials to arrange his flight back to the U.S. so he can rejoin the program.

“They’re trying to get him on the next flight home, which will probably be on the 9th or 10th,” Brown said. “We will get him back for practice hopefully at the end of this week or next week for sure.”

From there, Goodwin will go through an orientation period to readjust to football and will have nearly three weeks to prep for the Wyoming opener.

Texas’ two summer transfers are also on a delayed schedule to kick off fall camp.

Brown said ex-Duke punter Alex King still has some paperwork to finalize before he can begin practicing, and that process will take new kicker/punter Anthony Fera a bit longer.

The Penn State transfer made the 25-hour drive from State College, Pa., to Houston this weekend and is expected to arrive in Austin on Sunday.

“He’ll have to have some paperwork done, will have to get in school and will have to pass a physical,” Brown said. “It will probably be a couple days before he joins us at practice.”