Marcus Woodson Hired as Secondary Coach
Marcus Woodson
Marcus Woodson

March 3, 2014

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter announced Monday that he has hired Marcus Woodson as the new secondary coach for the Bulldogs.

Woodson spent the last five seasons at Charleston Southern where he was the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator.

"We're really excited about having coach Woodson as our new secondary coach," DeRuyter said. "He's got an outstanding record as both a player in the SEC and as a coach of being a dynamic recruiter, highly energetic and really sharp tactician as far as a defensive coach. We're really excited to have him as a part of our staff."

Since 2005, Woodson has mentored a total of nine players who garnered all-conference recognition - five with the CSU Buccaneers and four at Millsaps College, where he coached from 2005-08.

"I'm excited to be a part of what is going on here at Fresno State," said Woodson, who 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.

"I look forward to helping continue the success the team has had over the past several years and winning more championships," Woodson said about joining the Bulldog program.

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 New York Giants after signing as a rookie free agent 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 Matthew Woodson, on Dec. 5, 2013.

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