|45 Nick Woodard
Played in all 11 games as a reserve on the defensive front and on special teams ... Finished with nine total tackles including five solo stops ... Recorded a career-high four tackles against ninth-ranked Wofford ... Secured his first career quarterback sack at Elon ... Was featured in ESPNU's "For the Love of the Game" feature as a former military veteran playing college football.
ESPNU's "For the Love of the Game" Feature
2011 (Junior): Saw action in all 11 games, primarily on special teams but also along the defensive front ... Finished with three tackles on the season including two solo stops ... A war veteran, Woodard led the Catamount football team onto the field wielding an American Flag prior to the Sept. 10 game against Mars Hill ... Was a twice named the team's defensive scout player of the week, garnering the honors for work prior to both the Georgia Southern and Chattanooga games ... Joined the Western Carolina football team prior to 2011 spring drills.
Prior to Western Carolina: Played both football and wrestled in high school ... Entered the United States Army following his graduation from Smoky Mountain HS, serving two combat tours of duty in Iraq ... Cited with Combat Duty recognition in the infantry, earning his honorable discharge prior to enrolling at Western Carolina Univ.
Personal: His father was an all-state and all-conference football player in Chattanooga, Tenn., before playing collegiately at East Tennessee State.