Woodard Has Strong Showing in Starkville

Mississippi State had hundreds of players on their campus Friday in hopes of finding some quality football players to fill out their 2016 signing class. One long time prospect of interest, Phabian Woodard, came to camp and stood out among his peers in the defensive line drills with Coach David Turner.

"Everything went good today," Woodard said. "I got a chance to go on both sides of the ball on offensive line and defensive line. I got a lot of good work in."

Like a lot of bigger guys, Woodard has split time during his career on offense and defense, but looking ahead to the next level, defensive tackle appears to be the position of preference.

"Heading into my senior year, I am kind of leaning more to defense," Woodard said. "I could play either side though. I will play wherever the team needs me."

The bulk of Friday's work took place under the direction of Mississippi State defensive line coach David Turner. Woodard reports that the experience was a positive one.

"He is a good coach," Woodard said. "He is going to make you work hard and he doesn't ever want you to give up on a play."

The 6-4, 308 pounder holds an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette and has heard talk that Mississippi State is interested.

"They are telling me that they want to evaluate me in camp and then see how I do in the fall," Woodard said. "Mississippi State is a great school and I would love to go here if I was given the chance."

Woodard plans to work hard this season to see what fruits his labor produces before making a final decision.

"I think we're going to have a great season this year," Woodard said. "We've been working hard this summer and we have a lot of people coming back. I think we have a real talented team."

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