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LaMarr Woodley

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 266 | College: Michigan
 
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Overview

A relentless pass rusher who led the team in quarterback sacks in each of his last two seasons, Woodley was the heart and soul of one of the most dominant defensive lines in college football in 2006. Thanks to the play of Woodley and defensive tackle Alan Branch, the Wolverines led the nation in rush defense, allowing just 43.38 yards per game, and ranked fourth nationally with an average of 3.23 quarterback sacks per game.

Woodley's career came full circle during his time at Michigan. As a freshman, he played on the defensive line as a rush end, moving to right outside linebacker as a sophomore and junior. As a senior, he returned to the defensive line at right end.

One of the most highly sought recruits in the country after his senior year at Saginaw High School, Woodley was a USA Today, Parade, CNN/Sports Illustrated, G&W Recruiting Report and Super Prep All-American first-team choice and named Michigan's Gatorade Player of the Year. Prep Football Report, Super Prep and Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting rated him the nation's second-best linebacker. Super Prep rated him the second-best player in the Midwest.

G&W Recruiting Report ranked Woodley the fourth-best defensive player in the country, while both Rivals.com and College Football News rated him the nation's third-best inside linebacker. He was a member of Prep Star's Dream Team Top 100 list and listed as the best player in Michigan on The Detroit News Blue Chip list and by the Detroit Free Press.

A four-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense, Woodley collected 192 career tackles at linebacker. He also recovered six career fumbles. He recorded 80 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior and also blocked one punt that he returned 30 yards for a score. He made 120 tackles, 12 sacks, eight pass break-ups and five fumble recoveries in his junior season. He also lettered three years in basketball, averaging 13 points and 13 rebounds as a senior, in addition to participating in track, finishing third in the state in the shot put during his junior season.

Woodley enrolled at Michigan in 2003 and made an immediate impact at defensive end. He earned All-American honorable mention from Rivals.com and College Football News, adding Freshman All-Big Ten Conference recognition from The Sporting News. He played in all 13 games and made two starts against Illinois and Purdue, finishing with 23 tackles (15 solos), four stops for losses and 2.0 sacks.

In 2004, Woodley was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection. The Richard Katcher Award winner as Michigan's top outside linebacker, he played in all 12 games and started 10 contests. He led the team with 16 stops behind the line of scrimmage and three forced fumbles. He ranked second on the squad with 70 tackles (58 solos) and 4.0 sacks while also batting down four passes.

Woodley started eight of 11 games at rush outside linebacker in 2005, picking up All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention. An arm injury sidelined him for the Northwestern game, and he appeared in only a handful of plays against Ohio State as the injury affected his play the second half of the season. He still managed to lead the team with 7.0 sacks and 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage, finishing fifth on the team with 48 tackles (28 solos). He caused three fumbles, recovered another and deflected one pass.

Fully recovered from his arm problems, Woodley became first-ever Wolverine to win the Lombardi Award (top lineman) and Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end) in 2006. He was a consensus first-team All-American and was named Rivals.com National Defensive Player of the Year. Elected co-captain, he led the team with 16.5 stops for losses and 12 sacks. He collected 36 tackles (28 solos) and recovered four fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. He also caused four fumbles.

In 49 games at Michigan, Woodley started 33 times. He recorded 177 tackles (129 solos) and ranks second in school history with 25 sacks for minus-228 yards and 50.5 stops for losses totaling 286 yards. He caused 10 fumbles, recovered four others, including one that he returned 54 yards for a touchdown and had five pass deflections.

Analysis

Positives: Has a shorter than ideal frame, but shows good upper body thickness, wide hips, good bubble, muscular arms and very good straight-line speed … Aggressive and physical edge rusher who plays with a high motor and a very competitive nature … Will go until the whistle and demonstrates the upper body power to stack, shed and press off coverage … Hard worker in practices and the training room and takes well to hard coaching (will do whatever the staff asks, evident by playing a different position in each of his years at Michigan) … Excellent edge rusher who constantly beats the blocker with his initial quickness … Has the initial step off the line and times his jumps well shooting the inside gaps … Does a good job of making adjustments on the move and has the lateral range to get to the perimeter and force the outside running game back inside … Plays more on instincts than ball recognition (needs to settle down at one position), but shows ease of movement flowing to the ball and a sudden burst to fill the rush lanes … When he stays low in his pads, he is capable of driving through blocks and also demonstrates functional ability to anchor at the point of attack … Showed improvement in 2006 in using his hands to stack and control … Was also more effective using his hands to shed … Very aggressive taking on blockers and even if he loses the battle, he will not throttle down, quit or get frustrated … Uses his hands well to defeat blocks and keep the opponent from attacking his feet … Pursues the play with vigor and has fluid lateral agility in pursuit, showing good urgency throughout the chase … Best when given a free lane to close in and flush the quarterback out of the pocket … Applies constant pressure coming off the snap and has the change of direction skills to pursue from the backside … Explosive closing on the ball in the short area and has the valid foot speed to make plays outside the box … Hits, wraps and drives through the ball carrier with good technique, doing a good job of adjusting in space and fit to finish … Generates good pop on contact and hits low, with good violence … Comes off the edge with a very effective hand slap, rocking the blockers back on their heels … Has multiple rush moves and the range to chase down the play … Can play linebacker, but is much more instinctive when he lines up with his hand down as a defensive end … Shows the leg drive to change direction in an instant … Displays impressive hip snap turning and takes good angles while keeping his hands active to defeat the block … Gets nice inside position with his hands shooting the gaps (lacks bulk to split double teams, though) … .His ability to explode off the edge is due to his flexibility and counter moves in attempts to come under the tackle … Lacks size, but shows strength on his bull rush (hard to take him off his feet once he gets moving).

Negatives: Can be neutralized by double-team blocking, as he struggles to hold his ground vs. the larger blockers … Because of all the position moves, he has not had time to develop solid read/react ability and plays more on instincts … Needs more than several reps to retain plays and might struggle in a complicated system (best when freelancing) … Might have the size and experience at linebacker, but even when playing that position, he was pulled in obvious passing situations (struggles getting good depth in his drops) … Has a great motor, but will sometimes get too out of control and over-pursue … Even with his strength, he can get washed out of the play when trying to work through the trash … Lacks ideal height and bulk to play in a base defense, but has the speed to cause problems playing wide off the edge … Has good lateral range, but looks sluggish opening his hips through transition.

Compares To: DARRYL TAPP-Seattle … Some might compare him to the Colts' Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis, but Woodley is not as fast as Freeney and has better tackling form and strength than Mathis. Like Seattle found out with Tapp later in the 2006 season, if you keep Woodley on the edge, his burst and hand strength are going to enable him to wreak havoc in the backfield. While he has experience as a linebacker, he lacks the loose hips, pass drop agility and read/react skills to play there. In a Cover-2 system out on a nine-tech rather than facing a seven-technique blocker, he could be a terror.

Career Notes

Woodley's 50.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank second in school history behind Mark Messner (70, 1985-88) … His 16.5 tackles for loss in 2006 were the most by a Michigan player since Larry Foote's 26 in 2001 … His 25 sacks rank behind Messner's 36 on the school's all-time record list … Holds the Michigan career record with 10 forced fumbles … His four forced fumbles in 2006 tied the school single-season record that was set by Mike Taylor in 1971 … Became the first ever Michigan player to capture the prestigious Lombardi Trophy as the nation's top college football lineman, and he is the ninth player from the Big Ten Conference to receive the honor. The previous UM players to be named Lombardi Award finalists are Mike Hammerstein (1985), John Elliott (1987), Messner (1988), Greg Skrepenak (1991) and Steve Hutchinson (2000) … Woodley was also the first player in school annals to win the Ted Hendricks Award (nation's premier defensive end).

2006 Season

Consensus All-American first-team selection … Unanimous All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice … Named National Defensive Player of the Year by Rivals.com … Also chosen Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media … Recipient of the Richard Katcher Award, given to U-M's top defensive lineman/outside linebacker, for the second time in his career … Shared David Brandon Leadership Award honors with offensive tackle Jake Long … Elected team co-captain, starting all thirteen games at Rush defensive end … Recorded only 36 tackles (28 solos), but led the team for the second-straight year with 12 sacks for minus 119 yards and 16.5 stops for losses totaling 131 yards … His 119 sack yards are the most ever by a Michigan player in a season … Also recovered four fumbles, returning one 54 yards for a touchdown … Tied the school single-season record with four forced fumbles.

2006 Game Analysis

Vanderbilt … Opened the season in explosive fashion, registering three stops behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks of QB Chris Nickson for minus 15 yards while adding four solo tackles … Head to Head Competition-OT#72-Brian Stamper.

Central Michigan … Added another four solo tackles, as he sacked QB Dan LeFevour twice for minus 40 yards … Recovered a fumble late in the first quarter after defensive tackle stripped the ball from tailback Ontario Sneed with 1:28 left in that frame … Caused a fumble when he sacked LeFevour for a 25-yard loss and Michigan's Shawn Crable recovered the ball in the opening quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Andrew Hartline.

Notre Dame … Had only two tackles, but one stopped tailback Darius Walker for a 1-yard loss at the start of the second quarter … Woodley was hit with a personal foul for getting into a shoving match with Walker in the third quarter, but recovered a fumble after QB Brady Quinn was sacked for an 8-yard loss on a third-&-6 play with 6:19 to play, racing 54 yards with the ball for a touchdown … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Sam Young.

Wisconsin … Added just one solo tackle, but it came on a third-&-9 play in the second quarter, as he sacked John Stocco for a 7-yard loss, forcing the Badgers to punt … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Eric Vanden Heuvel.

Minnesota … Managed just two solo tackles, but one took down tailback Amir Pinnix for a 4-yard loss on a rushing attempt with 3:30 remaining in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Joe Ainslie.

Michigan State … Held to a season-low one solo tackle … Head to Head Competition-OT#79-Jesse Miller.

Penn State … Bounced back with five tackles (3 solos), two sacks for minus 23 yards and a forced fumble … Sacked QB Anthony Morelli for a 4-yard loss on a third-&-19 play four minutes into the second quarter, forcing PSU to punt … Sacked Morelli again for minus 9 yards with five minutes left in the second quarter, causing a fumble, but Morelli recovered the ball … Finished the day by tackling tailback Tony Hunt for a 1-yard loss in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-John Shaw.

Iowa … Registered three solo tackles with two sacks for losses of 7 yards and also caused one fumble … Early in the fourth quarter, he sacked QB Drew Tate for a 5-yard loss, causing a fumble that Iowa offensive tackle Marshal Yanda recovered … With 3:59 left in the game, Woodley again sacked Tate for minus 2 yards … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Seth Olsen.

Northwestern … Wreaked havoc in the Northwestern backfield, producing four solo tackles with two sacks for minus 19 yards, three stops for losses of 21 yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … On the game's opening drive, he sacked QB C.J. Basher for a 13-yard loss on third-&-12, causing a fumble that Woodley recovered at the UM 48 to set up a drive that was capped by Chad Henne's 14-yard touchdown toss to Adrian Arrington … Later in the first quarter, he tackled tailback Terrell Jordan for a 2-yard loss … With 4:54 remaining in the game, Woodley sacked Andrew Brewer for minus 6 yards … Head to Head Competition-OT#56-Ryan Keenan.

Ball State … Matched his season-low with one solo tackle … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Robert Brewster.

Indiana … Had only two tackles, but teamed with defensive tackle Alan Branch to take down tailback Dee McCray behind the line of scrimmage with 4:38 left in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#79-Scott Anderson.

Ohio State … Registered four assisted tackles and recovered a fumble at the UM 32 after a bad snap by the Buckeyes on a third-&-1 play at the start of the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Kirk Barton.

Southern California (Rose Bowl) … Closed out his career with three solo tackles and sacked QB J.D. Booty for an 8-yard loss with 5:29 left to play … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Kyle Williams.

2005 Season

Earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention from the league's coaches and media … Started eight games and played in eleven contests at "rush" linebacker, missing the Northwestern clash and most of the Ohio State tilt with an arm injury … Finished fifth on the team with 48 (28 solos) … Led the squad with seven sacks for minus 57 yards and 14 stops for losses of 67 yards … Caused three fumbles and recovered another … Also deflected one pass.

2005 Game Analysis

Northern Illinois … Opened the season causing a fumble that he recovered when Woodley sacked QB Phil Horvath for an 8-yard loss at the start of the fourth quarter, setting up a Michigan 23-yard field goal.

Notre Dame … Made a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a 9-yard sack of QB Brady Quinn and delivered six tackles (4 solos).

Eastern Michigan … Added another six tackles (4 solos) and sacked QB Matt Bohnet for a 12-yard loss on a first quarter third-&-10 play, forcing EMU to punt.

Wisconsin … Caused a fumble that defensive tackle Alan Branch recovered, when Woodley sacked QB John Stocco for a 13-yard loss on the game's opening drive … Added eight tackles, including one that stopped tailback Brian Calhoun for a 3-yard loss, causing a fumble that Calhoun recovered in the second quarter.

Minnesota … Posted nine tackles (4 solos) and twice took down tailback Laurence Maroney behind the line of scrimmage.

Penn State … Registered eight tackles (6 solos) with four stops behind the line of scrimmage … Tackled tailback Tony Hunt for a 1-yard loss on a first-&-goal run late in the third quarter and took down Hunt again for a 2-yard loss on a first-&-goal run early in the fourth quarter … Killed a fourth quarter drive, forcing PSU to punt after Woodley sacked QB Michael Robinson for an 8-yard loss on third-&-9.

Ohio State … Delivered four solo tackles and caused a fumble when he sacked QB Troy Smith for an 11-yard loss on a third-&-11 play early in the third quarter. Defensive tackle Alan Branch recovered the ball to set up a Michigan 27-yard field goal.

Nebraska (Alamo Bowl) … Finished the season with three solo tackles and a pass deflection … Also assisted defensive tackle Alan Branch in sacking QB Zac Taylor for a 5-yard loss with 5:17 remaining in the first half.

2004 Season

All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection by the league's coaches, earning honorable mention from the media … Recipient of the Richard Katcher Award, as Michigan's top out-side linebacker … Played in all 12 games and started 10 contests at right outside linebacker, leading the team with 16 stops for losses of 72 yards … Finished second on the squad with 70 tackles (58 solos) and four sacks for minus 40 yards … Deflected four passes and caused three fumbles.

2004 Game Analysis

Started and had four tackles including one for loss at Notre Dame … Made three tackles and forced one fumble vs. San Diego State … Registered four tackles, two stops for losses and one sack vs. Iowa … Tallied six solo tackles including two stops behind the line of scrimmage for minus 6 yards vs. Indiana … Added six tackles vs. Minnesota and made four stops vs. Illinois … Posted four tackles, including two sacks for minus 17 yards, one forced fumble and one pass deflection vs. Purdue … Had a then career-high 11 stops and two stops for losses of 8 yards vs. Michigan State … Recorded five tackles, including one sack, forced one fumble and had one pass break-up vs. Northwestern … Registered a career-high 12 tackles (7 solos) vs. Ohio State, including two for loss and two pass deflections … Was named Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game after collecting a game-high 11 tackles (9 solos) and four stops for losses of 7 yards vs. Texas (his four stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. the Longhorns matched a Michigan Bowl record and tied for the seventh-best single-game mark in school history).

2003 Season

College Football News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American honorable mention … The Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten Conference pick … Played in all 13 games and made two starts at defensive end (Illinois and Purdue) … Registered 23 tackles (15 solos), two sacks for minus 12 yards and four stops for losses totaling 16 yards.

2003 Game Analysis

Made his career debut at defensive end and on special teams vs. Central Michigan, recording one stop … Tallied two tackles vs. Houston and made one tackle for loss vs. Notre Dame … Posted two tackles, including his first career sack vs. Indiana … Set a season-high with nine tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage vs. Minnesota … In his first career start, Woodley generated two tackles vs. Illinois … Added two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage vs. Northwestern.

Injury Report

2005: Sat out the Northwestern game (10/29) and saw limited action vs. Ohio State due to an arm contusion.

2007: Suffered a hamstring pull during Senior Bowl practices (1/23).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash … 355-pound bench press … 35-inch vertical jump … 32 7/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Saginaw (Mich.) High School, playing football for head coach Don Durrett …

USA Today, Parade, CNN/Sports Illustrated, G&W Recruiting Report and Super Prep All-American first-team choice and named Michigan's Gatorade Player of the Year … Prep Football Report, Super Prep and Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting rated him the nation's second-best linebacker … Super Prep rated him the second-best player in the Midwest … G&W Recruiting Report ranked Woodley the fourth-best defensive player in the country, while both Rivals.com and College Football News rated him the nation's third-best inside linebacker … Member of Prep Star's Dream Team Top 100 list and listed as the best player in Michigan on The Detroit News Blue Chip list and by the Detroit Free Press …

A four-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense, Woodley collected 192 career tackles at linebacker … Also recovered six career fumbles … Recorded 80 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior and also blocked one punt that he returned 30 yards for a score … Made 120 tackles, 12 sacks, eight pass break-ups and five fumble recoveries in his junior season … Also lettered three years in basketball, averaging 13 points and 13 rebounds as a senior … Participated in track, finishing third in the state in the shot put during his junior season.

Personal

General Studies major, enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts … Nicknamed "Wood" … Born LaMarr Dewayne Woodley on 11/03/84 … Resides in Saginaw, Michigan.

 
 

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