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Wesley Woodyard

Wesley Woodyard (born July 21 1986 in LaGrange, Georgia) is an American football outside linebacker currently playing for the for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Woodyard helped lead the Wildcats to a 8-5 record in 2006, capping the season with a victory in Music City Bowl over Clemson.

High school career

Attended traditional power LaGrange High School in LaGrange, GA, where he was coached by Steve Pardue. He was named the Georgia Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was first-team all-state as a senior by the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Journal-Constitution. As a four-year letterman and two-year starter at outside linebacker, the team posted a 51-3 record during his three seasons, winning a pair of state championships.

College career

2004 (Freshman): Played in the first 10 games, moving from strong safety to inside linebacker midway through the season. He totaled 34 tackles for the season and was selected for the Freshman All-SEC Team by SEC coaches.

2005 (Sophomore): Started all 11 games at linebacker, leading the team 100 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 4 fumble recoveries. Named second-team Sophomore All-America and All-SEC Honorable Mention.

2006 (Junior): Started all 13 games at linebacker, leading the team with 122 tackles (80 solo, 42 assisted) and tackles for loss with 9.5. Earned defensive MVP honors in the Music City Bowl.

2007 (Senior): Started all 13 games at linebacker, leading the team with 117 tackles (100 solo, 17 assisted). Played in the Music City Bowl ,once again, against Florida State. Also made the game-winning tackle on the 5-yard line angainst cross-state rivals the Louisville Cardinals.

NFL career

After the 2008 NFL draft Woodyard was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. Wesley was signed to the team and is currently a starter on special teams.

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