Today’s post celebrates the birth of an outstanding Michigan Man named LaMarr Woodley. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Lamar Dudley Woodley was born on this day in Saginaw, Michigan. Lloyd Carr recruited the talented young Woodley when he was a five star recruit out of Saginaw, Michigan. LaMarr Woodley came to Michigan with high expectations and he delivered with a great career. I think it is really cool that he shared his middle name with another Michigan great – Thomas Dudley Harmon!
(Note – LaMarr Woodley (#56) shown here with the 2006 Michigan Football team that finished with 11 wins and 2 losses. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
LaMarr Woodley was too good to redshirt. He earned two starts and a ton of playing time as a true freshman in 2003. He started out as a defensive end on a team that finished with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses. The Wolverines went 7-1 in the Big Ten that year and won the conference championship.
Woodley’s sophomore year saw him earn nine starts at outside linebacker and one start at defensive end. Michigan won 9 games and lost 3 games during the 2004 season and finished with another 7-1-0 record in the conference. The Wolverines tied for the championship that year. So, LaMarr Woodley was on Michigan’s last Big Ten Championship team. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, but that could change very soon!
The coaches kept the versatile Woodley at linebacker during the 2005 season. He earned nine starts on a team that finished with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. The Wolverines posted a record of 5-3 in the conference which was only good enough for a third-place tie. This was the worst season in Lloyd Carr’s tenure at Michigan. I am sure that LaMarr Woodley and his teammates were disappointed in the results.
The Michigan coaches needed LaMarr to play defensive end as a senior and boy did he play! Woodley was a one-man wrecking crew on Michigan’s defensive line. LaMarr’s stellar play helped the Wolverines post eleven straight victories before losing the last two games of the 2006 season.
During Woodley’s time at Michigan, the Wolverines played at a high level, especially in the Big Ten. Michigan won almost seventy-five percent of their fifty-games from 2003-2006. (37 wins and 13 losses). The Wolverines won 26 and lost 6 conference games which worked out to a winning rate of almost eighty-two percent during the “Woodley Years.”
I could write another thousand words about the Michigan career of LaMarr Woodley. He was that good! He was a hard-working member of some very good Michigan teams. LaMarr was a 2006 co-captain along with Jake Long. By the time he graduated, he was one of the most honored Wolverines in Michigan football history. He was a unanimous All-American in 2006 as well as a first team all-Big Ten player. He won the Lombardi Award for being the nation’s best lineman and the Ted Hendricks Award for being the best defensive end. Woodley also won Michigan’s Dick Katcher Award, the Robert P. Ufer Award in 2006. He also shared the Dave Brandon Leadership Award in 2006 with Jake Long. Not too many players accomplished as much in a career as LaMarr Dudley Woodley.
Happy Birthday LaMarr Woodley. Congratulations on your accomplishments at Michigan and in the NFL. Thanks for the memories and Go Blue!
Of course, Woodley went on to have a great career in the National Football League as well. He is also a champion off the field who helps young men and women in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan and other communities. To read more about the life and times of LaMarr Woodley check out the links below.
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