Woodson, a former player at Ole Miss, comes to Fresno State after coaching five seasons at Charleston Southern
Football Scrimmage (03-25-14), Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Last updated on July 8, 2015
Marcus Woodson enters his second season at Fresno State as its secondary coach. He was hired on March 3, 2014. Prior to joining the Fresno State coaching staff, Woodson spent the previous five seasons at Charleston Southern where he was the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator.
In Woodson's first season at Fresno State, he guided one of Bulldog football's most decorated safeties, Derron Smith, to his third-straight first-team All-Mountain West selection. Under Woodson's tutelage, Smith made 93 tackles as a senior, to go along with seven pass breakups and one interception. Smith was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2015 NFL Draft (Rd. 6, Pick 21).
Overall, the Bulldogs accounted for nine interception and 43 pass breakups during Woodson's first season at Fresno State in 2014.
Since 2005, Woodson has mentored a total of nine players who garnered all-conference recognition - five with the Charleston Southern Buccaneers and four at Millsaps College, where he coached from 2005-09.
Woodson helped lead CSU to a 10-3 record in 2013 and a No. 22 final ranking in the FCS Coaches Poll. That marked the first time in school history the Buccaneers finished a season ranked in the final FCS Coaches Poll.
The Bucs beat The Citadel, Appalachian State, and then-No. 3 Coastal Carolina during a 10-1 start that saw CSU climb as high as No. 12 in the national polls - the highest ranking in school history. Woodson's secondary allowed only 211.2 passing yards per game in 2013 and had 11 interceptions.
At CSU, Woodson coached cornerback Charles James, who set a new school record with 12 career interceptions and earned three consecutive All-Big South first-team defense selections. James is now on the roster of the Houston Texans after signing as a rookie free agent with the New York Giants out of college on May 10, 2013.
Under Woodson's leadership, the Buccaneers finished the 2012 campaign with the third-best pass defense in the country, allowing opponents to just 145.5 yards per game through the air.
In his time at Millsaps College, Woodson was also in charge of recruiting the states of Mississippi, Florida and the southern parts of Alabama and Louisiana in addition to coaching the secondary.
His 2009 secondary saw three of his four defensive backs earn first-team all-conference honors. In 2007, the Majors' defense ranked second in the country in pass efficiency defense (81.6 ypg), fifth in scoring defense (11.9 ppg) and eighth in turnovers gained (36). In 20 games over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Milllsaps had 38 interceptions, including 10 returns for touchdowns.
The Mississippi native attended Moss Point High School where he not only stood out as an honor roll student, but also contributed on the football field as well. During his high school career, Woodson helped lead his team to a pair of state championships and was selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell Classic and the Mississippi high school all-star game. He also earned all-region, all-coast and all-state recognition after his senior season from the Biloxi Sun-Herald.
At the college level, Woodson was a two-year starter for Ole Miss and was selected for the Senior Leadership Unity Council. He played in 18 games and started eight before a knee injury ended his career in 2003. He graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in criminal justice and a minor in English.
He is married to the former Chastity Simmons and the couple welcomed in their first son, Carter, on Dec. 5, 2013.
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