LSU Gold
Shreveport, La.
High School
C.E. Byrd HS

Completed a stellar career as a three-time letterwinner, though his freshman season was cut short by an emergency appendectomy … During his three seasons, Woodley and the Tigers were 23-13 overall including a 1-2 bowl record and 11-7 in SEC play … Finished with 2,081 yards passing on 151-of-310 attempts … Threw for eight touchdowns … Known for his running ability as well as his passing, as he rushed 228 attempts while amassing 833 yards and 15 touchdowns … Wore No. 8 during his varsity career.

Formed one of the best quarterback combinations in school history with fellow senior Steve Ensminger … Duo led LSU to a 7-5 record and a 1979 Tangerine Bowl victory over Wake Forest, 34-10 … Named team’s Most Valuable Player along with Ensminger and safety Willie Teal … Saw action in all 11 regular-season games and the 1979 Tangerine Bowl, the final game for legendary coach Charles McClendon … Completed 55-of-118 passes for 874 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions … His 75-yard touchdown pass to split end Orlando McDaniel against Mississippi State was the longest play from scrimmage during the season … Rushed 81 times for 152 net yards and a team-high seven touchdowns … Rushing touchdowns included a 6-yard run against Colorado, rushes for 20 and 2-yards against Rice, a 24-yard score against Georgia, a 2-yard run against Florida State, a 5-yard run against Ole Miss and a 4-yard run against Tulane … Along with kicker Don Barthel, was LSU’s leading scorer with 42 points … In the 1979 Tangerine Bowl, Woodley was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player after leading LSU in both passing and rushing, completing 16 of 26 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown and one interceptions, and rushing for 68 yards on 10 attempts with two touchdowns (13 and 3-yards) … Although bowl statistics did not count toward school records, his 273 yards would have shattered Bert Jones’ 242 yards passing against Alabama in 1972.

Stepped into a starting role for the Tigers when Ensminger missed Spring Practice after undergoing surgery … Played in all 11 regular-season games … Led LSU to an 8-4 record including a 20-15 loss to Missouri in the 1978 Liberty Bowl … Led the Tigers by completing 79-of-154 passes for 995 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions …  Fell five passing yards short of becoming the fourth 1,000-yard passer in school history … His 7.2 completions per game and 995 yards passing each ranked fifth in the SEC … Was LSU’s third-leading rusher with 398 yards on 97 carries, an average of 36.2 yards per game …  Ranked 18th in the conference in rushing and second among quarterbacks behind Tennessee’s Jimmy Streater … Rushed for five touchdowns — each for 1-yard — against Rice and Florida, and three in LSU’s 40-21 victory over Tulane … Ranked fourth in the SEC in total offense at 126.5 yards per game … In the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., Woodley and the Tigers fell behind 20-3 before making a comeback attempt late in the game .. Passed for 170 yards on 14-of-31 attempts with four interceptions … Rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to get the Tigers within five of Missouri, but his pass on the two-point conversion was intercepted with 1:33 to play … Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.

Continued to share time with Ensminger at the quarterback spot for the 8-4 Tigers … Completed 17-of-36 passes for 212 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions … Connected with Carlos Carson for a 67-yards touchdown, the longest play of the season, in  77-0 win over Rice … Other two passing touchdowns were for 12 yards to Carson against Kentucky and for 15 yards to Carson against Florida … Completed two two-point conversions … Was the Tigers’ fourth-leading rusher, tallying 279 net yards on 47 carries for a team-leading 5.8 yards per carry … Rushed for three touchdowns including an 8-yard run against Rice, a 9-yard run against Kentucky and a 5-yard run against Wyoming … Posted LSU’s longest run from scrimmage, a 44-yard scamper against Wyoming despite sharing the backfield with Charles Alexander and his SEC record-setting season (1,686 yards on 311 carries) … In the 1977 Sun Bowl loss to Stanford (24-14), Woodley was 1-for-2 passing for 13 yards while rushing three times for a net of 1 yard.

Was limited to only one game with the varsity squad — the 35-7 season-ending victory over Utah — due to an emergency appendectomy suffered early in the season … Was 0-for-2 passing and rushed three times for four yards against Utah … As part of the “Baby Bengal” freshman football team, Woodley played part time with Ensminger during the undefeated four-game season … Completed 7-of-24 passes for 103 yards with two interceptions in three games … Ranked third on the team with 183 net yards on 34 carries and a team-high three touchdowns … Was the team leader in total offense with 286 yards for averages of 4.9 yards per play and 95.3 yards per game … Also led the Baby Bengals in scoring along with back Paul Ameen and split end Greg LaFleur with 18 points.

The fourth quarterback inked by the Tigers, Woodley was equally adept at running and passing the football for coach Jimmy Harrison’s C.E. Byrd Yellow Jackets in the fall of 1975 … Named the top signal caller in the Shreveport area as well as being listed as the all-district quarterback … Passed for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for nearly 800 during his junior and senior seasons … Lettered three times in football and served as the team captain during his senior season.

Born on Oct. 25, 1958.

Woodley’s Career Statistics

  Passing Rushing
Year Class Att. Comp. Yds. INT TD Att. Yds. TD
1976 Fr. 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 0
1977 So. 36 17 212 2 3 47 279 3
1978 Jr. 154 79 995 7 3 97 398 5
1979 Sr. 118 55 874 6 2 81 152 7
Totals   310 151 2,081 15 8 228 833 15
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