Earl Goldsmith
Earl Goldsmith


Denton, Texas

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 200

Wide Receiver



Mizzou Football vs. Ohio

Sept. 23, 2006 -- Faurot Field

Makes the move to wide receiver in 2008, where he'll focus the majority of his time ... Tiger coaches also envision him getting running opportunities as well, but want to get him spread out in space to take advantage of his good pass-catching skills ... Begins fall camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart at the Z-receiver spot, behind incumbent starter Tommy Saunders ... Will also likely continue his role on the kickoff return squad, as well, during the season.

Saw action in all 14 games during the season, rushing for 92 yards (on 19 carries) and also caught 4 passes out of the backfield for 20 yards ... Set a career-high with 44 yards rushing on five carries against Illinois State ... Gained 17 yards on three carries against Nebraska ... Carried a career-high seven times against Texas Tech, gaining 37 yards on the ground ... Also had an eight-yard reception against TTU, his third-straight game with a catch.

Strong and speedy running back with good vision who missed the last 3 games due to a broken right hand suffered in game #10 at Nebraska ... Made his 1st career start in that Nebraska game, but was limited to just 5 carries before suffering the injury ... Was MU's primary kickoff return man prior to the injury, and averaged 19.5 yards on 13 returns, which ranked 8th-best in the Big 12 ... Also regarded as MU's best pass-catcher coming out of the backfield, and recorded 5 catches for 59 yards ... His per-carry average of 3.9 yards was 3rd-best among Tiger tailbacks ... Recorded a career-high 2 receptions (16 yards) at Texas Tech ... Ran for 28 yards on 5 carries against Ohio ... Caught a 22-yard pass in the win over Ohio and a 10-yard pass vs. Colorado ... Earned 1st career TD (2 yards) late in 4th quarter at New Mexico ... Set a career-high with 31 yards (on 4 rushes) against Kansas State, including a career-long jaunt of 16 yards as he averaged a salty 7.8 yards per carry on the day ... Returned the opening kickoff against Kansas State a season-best 32 yards ... Had off-season surgery to clean up a meniscus tear in his left knee, but was cleared for spring practice ... Had a great performance in the Black & Gold Spring Game, as he averaged nearly 7 yards per carry (40 yards rushing on 6 attempts) ... Is one of the better hoops players on the team, as he helped lead his 3-on-3 team to the championship in the football program's first-ever spring 3-on-3 tournament in 2005.

Good-looking freshman tailback who was hampered by injury problems in his 1st year on the field ... Sprained a knee in game #3 against Troy, and missed the next 5 games before returning for the final 4 outings, including MU's bowl game, where he ran 2 times for 12 yards overall ... Rushed 4 times for 25 yards in the season opener against Arkansas State, but after the injury, did not carried the ball again until Mizzou's bowl game ... His per-rush average of 6.2 yards for the season (37 yards on 6 carries) was tops among MU's top-line running backs ... Opened the season as one of MU's primary return men, and had 41 combined return yards against ASU, returning 1 kickoff 25 yards and 2 punts 16 total yards ... Had 11 punt returns in all for 58 yards, with a long of 12 coming against Baylor ... Had 2 total kickoff returns for 42 yards.

Redshirt season ... Worked as a tailback on the scout team, and showed promising skills throughout the season.

Helped lead school to four consecutive Class 4A title game appearances ... Named 1st-team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association and the district 6-4A most valuable player after a senior year that saw him amass 1,978 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns ... Also caught 24 passes out of the backfield for 333 yards and 8 TDs as Ryan finished as state runner up in 2003 ... Helped lead Ryan to state title as a junior, as he contributed with 1,179 yards rushing and 12 TDs, while adding 30 catches for 266 yards and 1 score ... Also a multiple-year letterwinner in the sport of basketball ... High school coach - Joey Florence.

Son of Herman & Sandra Goldsmith ... Chose MU over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Rice and Tulsa, among others.

2005 7-0 6-37 6.2 0 11
2006 10-1 28-109 3.9 1 16
Totals 17-1 34-146 4.3 1 16
Punt Returns
Kickoff Returns
2005 11 58 5.3 12 2 42 21.0 25
2006 0 0 0.0 0 13 253 19.5 32
Totals 11 58 5.3 12 15 295 19.7 32

GOLDSMITH CAREER HIGHS Rushes: 5, 3 Times Rushing Yards: 31, vs. Kansas State, 2006 Rushing TDs: 1, at New Mexico, 2006 Longest Rush: 16, vs. Kansas State, 2006 Receptions: 2, at Texas Tech, 2006 Receiving Yards: 22, vs. Ohio, 2006 Longest Reception: 22, vs. Ohio, 2006 Longest Kickoff Return: 32, vs. Kansas State, 2006 Longest Punt Return: 12, vs. Baylor, 2006

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