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Player Bio : Wesley Woodyard :: Football

Wesley Woodyard

  • No: 16
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Ht./Wt.: 6-1/212
  • Class/Exp.: SR/3L
  • Hometown: LaGrange, Ga.
  • High School: LaGrange

  • All-SEC (first team) by SEC coaches (2006)
  • UK Most Outstanding Defensive Player by UK coaches (2006)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2006)
  • Named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character by UK Athletics (2006)
  • Sophomore All-America (second team) by CollegeFootballNews.com (2005)
  • R Honorable-mention All-SEC by The Associated Press (2005)
  • Freshman All-SEC by SEC coaches (2004)
  • UK Special Teams Player of the Year by UK coaches (2004)
  • 2006 (Junior): First-team All-SEC as selected by league coaches ... Named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player for 2006 by the Wildcat coaches ... Began the season on the watch list for the Butkus Award for the nation's top linebacker ... Second in the SEC and 18th nationally in tackles per game, averaging 9.4 per contest ... Led team in total tackles (122) and tackles for loss (9.5) ... Led the team in tackles in 11 of 13 games during the season, with a season-high 13 stops at Louisville ... Paced UK with 12 tackles in the Music City Bowl, including a jarring QB sack, causing a fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats ... Earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

    2005 (Sophomore): Started all 11 games at weakside linebacker ... Led the team in tackles (100), tackles for loss (seven), and fumble recoveries (four) ... Ranked fourth in the SEC in tackles per game and second in fumble recoveries ... Added five pass breakups, second on the squad ... Named second-team Sophomore All-America and honorable-mention All-SEC ... Ended the season vs. Tennessee with his best game as a Wildcat, totaling a career-high 18 tackles, including two for loss, plus a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... Played a big role in the win over Mississippi State with 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, sacking the quarterback on a fourth-down play, and had a QB hurry that forced an incompletion on a fourth-down play.

    2004 (Freshman): Played in the first 10 games ... Moved from strong safety to inside linebacker midway through the season and started five times at linebacker ... Missed the Tennessee game because of a leg injury ... Totaled 34 tackles for the season, with a season high of eight coming at Mississippi State ... Selected for the Freshman All-SEC Team by SEC coaches ... Picked as the UK Special Teams Player of the Year by UK coaches ... Earned the game-captain role for the Indiana game.

    High School: The Georgia Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year as picked by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ? First-team all-state as a senior by Georgia sportswriters association and the Journal-Constitution ? Four-year letterman and two-year starter at outside linebacker at LaGrange (Ga.) HS, a traditional power in the Class AAA ranks ? Team posted a 51-3 record during his three seasons, winning a pair of state championships ? Came on strong during his senior season, leading LaGrange to a 14-1 record and a state title ? Accounted for the only points in the state quarterfinals, tackling a running back for a safety in a 2-0 win over Swainsboro ? Made 125 tackles during his senior season, including 11 tackles for loss ? Had six fumble recoveries, returning four for touchdowns ? As a junior, he notched 81 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two fumbles caused, and an interception ? Team also won the state crown his sophomore season with a 14-0 slate ? In addition to his defensive work, he played occasionally on offense at wingback ? Played outside linebacker in high school, he projects as a safety in the collegiate ranks ? One of the top 50 safeties in the nation as rated by Rivals.com ? Won a Distinguished Athlete Award from the U. S. Marine Corps ? Coached by Steve Pardue ? ?The first thing you think about with Wesley is that he is a great person,? Pardue said. ?He had a phenomenal senior year. Football means a lot to him and I believe his best football is ahead of him.? ? A three-year letterman on the track and field team ? Competes in the 400-meter run and the 4x100-meter relay ? Relay team finished second in the state meet his sophomore year ? Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ? Decided on Kentucky over Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Southern Mississippi.

    Personal: Name is pronounced ?WOOD-yard? (not ?WOOD-yerd?) ? Born in LaGrange, Ga. ? Son of Edna Sutton and Wesley Woodyard Sr. ? A cousin, Ashante Woodyard, played football at Purdue ? Major is social work.

    Community Cats: Helped work at a youth football clinic (2005) ... Participated in service events at the Bluegrass State Games (2006) and a Lexington middle school (2007) ... Served as a mentor at a Lexington school for the fall semester of 2006 ... Also has made community service appearances at schools in his hometown of LaGrange, Ga.

    Woodyard Career Statistics

     Year Pos. G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sack-Yds. PBU Int.-Yds. FR FC 2004 SS/LB 10-5 34 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 2005 Linebacker 11-11 100 7-35 2-16 5 1-0 4 0 2006 Linebacker 13-13 122 9.5-31 2-17 3 1-0 2 4 Totals 34-29 256 17.5-69 4-33 8 2-0 6 4

    Woodyard's Game-by-Game Statistics

     2004 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. Louisville 0 0 0 Indiana 1 0 0 Florida 2 0 0 Ohio 2 0 0 Alabama 6 1-3 0 South Carolina 4 0 0 Auburn 3 0 0 Mississippi State 8 0 0 Georgia 3 0 0 Vanderbilt 5 0 0 Tennessee INJ Totals 34 1-3 0 2005 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. Louisville 9 0 0 Idaho State 9 0 0 at Indiana 10 0 0 Florida 10 0 0 at South Carolina 6 1-10 1-10 at Ole Miss 10 1.5-3 0 Mississippi State 11 1-6 1-6 Auburn 7 1-1 0 at Vanderbilt 6 0.5-1 0 at Georgia 4 0 0 Tennessee 18 2-14 0 Totals 100 7-35 2-16 2006 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. at Louisville 13 2-2 0 Texas State 7 0 0 Ole Miss 8 1-1 0 at Florida 10 0 0 Central Michigan 9 1-2 0 South Carolina 11 0 0 at LSU 7 0 0 at Miss. State 6 1.5-4 0 Georgia 8 1-1 0 Vanderbilt 8 0 0 UL-Monroe 12 1-11 1-11 at Tennessee 11 1-4 0 vs. Clemson 12 1-6 1-6 Totals 122 9.5-31 2-17 
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