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October 10, 2012

Woodard ready to make T-NT memories

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Tonawanda News — Woodard is 6-foot-4 and a dual-threat quarterback. He has a cannon for an arm and he runs like a tailback. His size allows him to see over the line of scrimmage and his pocket presense is astounding for such a young player, according to Truilizio. The coach couldn’t recall his signal caller being sacked all season and he attributes that to his maturity.

If you ask Woodard why he’s been so successful and able to adapt so quickly to leading the Jacks’ offense, his answer is very simple: his offensive line. He said it also helps to have a bunch of talented sophomore teammates that are going through the same learning process that he is experiencing.

But nothing is quite like playing quarterback. That position requires complete understanding of your own responsibilities and those of everyone else on offense. He said he’s relished the opportunity to lead the team.

“Especially in a down season like this people are hanging their heads a lot and they’re uptight every game. So I try and pick them up,” Woodard said. “We have to try and be loose because you can’t succeed if you’re tight every game.”

In Week 3 against Williamsville North, Woodard had his season-defining moment.

With his team trailing 20-14 with just under four minutes to go, he drove the Jacks down the field, converting on several third downs and completing four passes for 52 yards.

It wasn’t some moment worthy of the big screen — he threw an interception to end the game — but it was a series of plays that proved to Woodard he could play the position.

“That was the turning point of my season. Before that I never really had expectations,” he said. “Once I figured out how to get things going and what I can do, that’s definitely something I think about all the time. If I could do it then I can do it now.”

The Jacks will need Woodard to do “it” on Friday night, but no matter what happens Truilizio is excited about what’s to come.

“Chris has a 95 average and if he maintains at the level he’s at he’s going to be an Ivy League player someday,” Truilizio said. “His future is bright.”

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