Montana State

Freshman CB Woodard contributing early at Montana State

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True freshmen don’t get playing time at FCS programs very often and it’s even more rare at the cornerback position, which is one the more difficult spots to master. And when rookie cornerbacks do play early, it’s unlikely they flew under the radar quite like Montana State’s rookie corner has leading up his debut season.

Montana State’s Simeon Woodard is no stranger to challenges. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder out of San Antonio’s Veteran’s Memorial High School bucked the odds and has not only snagged considerable playing time as a backup, but also picked off a pass against Portland State at a key moment in the game in MSU’s 30-17 road victory to open up Big Sky Conference play.

With the Bobcats trailing 10-3 early in the second quarter, in part due to a TD catch by Woodard’s man (Nate Bennett), and the Vikings driving in MSU territory fresh off a fourth down conversion, Woodard had to be feeling about as challenged as he had ever been.

His highlight videos show a player with a strong knack for breaking on the ball as he had numerous interceptions and pass breakups over the course of his prep career doing just that.

So, naturally, he stepped in front of PSU quarterback Davis Alexander’s intended receiver and wrestled the ball away for his first college interception, putting an end to an eight-play drive that could’ve put the Vikings up by two touchdowns.

True freshmen don’t get playing time at FCS programs very often and it’s even more rare at the cornerback position, which is one the more difficult spots to master. And when rookie cornerbacks do play early, it's unlikely they flew under the radar quite like Montana State's rookie corner has leading up his debut season.

Montana State’s Simeon Woodard is no stranger to challenges. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder out of San Antonio’s Veteran’s Memorial High School bucked the odds and has not only snagged considerable playing time as a backup, but also picked off a pass against Portland State at a key moment in the game in MSU's 30-17 road victory to open up Big Sky Conference play.

With the Bobcats trailing 10-3 early in the second quarter,
in part due to a TD catch by Woodard’s man (Nate Bennett), and the Vikings
driving in MSU territory fresh off a fourth down conversion, Woodard had to be
feeling about as challenged as he had ever been.

His highlight videos show a player with a strong knack for
breaking on the ball as he had numerous interceptions and pass breakups over
the course of his prep career doing just that.

So, naturally, he stepped in front of PSU quarterback Davis Alexander’s intended receiver and wrestled the ball away for his first college interception, putting an end to an eight-play drive that could’ve put the Vikings up by two touchdowns.

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