Woodson earns conference player of the week honors
Athletics - posted on 10/14/2008
Sophomore cornerback Keith Woodson has been named the Northern Athletics Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for football (defensive) for the week of Oct. 6-12, the league announced late Monday.
Woodson, a native of Evanston, Ill., posted 11 tackles, two pass breakups and two interceptions on Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran. His second pick, which he returned for a 70-yard touchdown, came with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter, helping the Muskies seal a 26-7 win over the Warriors.
Woodson was instrumental in holding Wisconsin Lutheran's Dominique Johnson, the league's leading receiver heading into the contest, to just two receptions for 47 yards.
"Keith really played a heck of a game this week, he continues to get better and better," Lakeland defensive coordinator Colin Bruton said. "He's really becoming more of a complete player week to week. He's more physical against the run and has done a great job in pass coverage."
He is tied for fourth on the team with 31 tackles on the season, and is tied for the team lead with four interceptions. He and junior safety Isiah Calhoun (Pontiac, Mich.) are tied for 12th in the NCAA Division III in picks.
The team is tied with one other team for first in the nation with 15 picks as a team for the season.
"[Defensive backs] Coach [Ryan] Maiuri has been preaching to those guys to keep making plays," Bruton said. "The fact that we're leading the nation in interceptions is a tribute to Coach Maiuri, Keith and the rest of the guys back there."
Woodson is the second consecutive Muskie defensive back to earn the defensive player of the week honor. Senior safety Justin Medard (Evanston, Ill.) earned the award for his performance during the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
Each week, the league's head coaches nominate a player from their own team to be voted on for each sport by NAC sports information directors.
To see other NAC Student-Athlete of the Week winners and nominees, click here
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