"I still feel good about Andre," coach Brooks stated after reviewing the film from the Saturday scrimmage.
We first saw Woodson on the Nutter practice field in the summer of 2001 participating in a seven on seven passing tournament. This was part of a camp being held by UK. He stood tall and exhibited a strong passing arm on that day. Brian Brohm was on the field, too, only he was junior.
Woodson had already been to the Nike Camp up at Penn State campus and that's where he first got noticed and he impressed. He then went to the Elite 11 camp in California.
We next observed him and his mom up on the concourse in Papa John Stadium, overlooking the jubilant gathering out side the UK locker room door. They were celebrating a UK victory over U of L in their own way – there was huge smile on the face of Woodson.
Being on my job, I jogged up the steps to get a comment from Andre's mom. We ask her what she thought. "We're here aren't we," she replied in a coy way. You see, they were there as guests of U of L. The following week, Woodson committed to UK.
He said when he committed that he wanted to be reshirted the first year and learn from Lorenzen, sit behind Boyd his redshirt freshman year and maybe get some game time. Then he felt like he would be ready to take the reins by his sophomore year.
He already knew what we later discovered. Later that year, we made the trek to North Hardin for the first game of the high school playoffs. The game was NH versus Louisville Manuel featuring Keenan Burton at quarterback. Burton slashed, dashed, threw, and frolicked on the field all night.
What was discovered was that Woodson had been quarterbacking in a system that did not feature the passing game. Consequently, though he had the tools of a top quarterback prospect, he was very green in term in all the nuances of the position.
His timetable jibed with what the UK coaches had visualized.