After Saturday's Spring Game, GoBlueWolverine Magazine had the pleasure of chatting with Wolverine linebacker <b>Lamarr Woodley</b>. He talked about the defense and how the team felt coming into the spring practice session.
Woodley is Back at Linebacker
On Signing Day 2002, if you would have told Michigan fans that Saginaw High's Lamarr Woodley
would sign with the Wolverines a year later, most would have laughed and shaken their heads. Common thought then was that Woodley would be heading up the road to East Lansing. What a difference a year makes. When Woodley and Saginaw team mate Jerome Jackson
announced and signed with Michigan on Signing Day 2003, they were the finish to a remarkable recruiting finale for the Wolverines.
Woodley is All Smiles for 2004
After significant playing time as a true freshman during the 2003 season, Woodley looks to step in as a starter for the 2004 campaign. "I'm going to play outside linebacker," he said. "We're going to be playing both the 3-4 and the 4-3, so I'll be up and down."
While Woodley saw most of his playing time at defensive end last season, he is looking forward to being back at the linebacker position, which he played in high school. "Switching back from defensive end to linebacker is like starting all over again," he said. "But spring went real well and I'm looking forward to playing with the new guys."
Woodley said things aren't so overwhelming this season as he's had a year to learn the system. He saw action in 12 of Michigan's 13 games last season, recording 23 tackles and two sacks.
He also said the team has put the Rose Bowl loss to USC behind them and is ready to focus on this season. "I don't think that is going to affect us," he said. "It's done and now we're ready to play this season."