Former Ole Miss defensive back Marcus Woodson will return to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday as a Fresno State secondary coach.
Woodson, a Moss Point native, played in 18 games and started eight before a knee injury ended his career in 2003.
Both Ole Miss and Fresno opened their seasons with bigh wins against FCS opponents. Fresno defeated Abilene Christian 34-13. Abilene is a provisional member of the Southland Conference as it transitions into the league.
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Fresno is trying to improve a defensive unit that ranked No. 108 in total defense, No. 118 in pass efficiency defense, No. 98 in rushing defense and No. 99 in scoring defense.
When Woodson looks at his old school he sees lots of big-play potential.
“The one thing that stands out on film is that they’re explosive. The new quarterback (Chad) Kelly has a phenomenal arm. That No. 2 (DeVante Kincade) really does a good job. Coach (Hugh) Freeze does a great job with the offense with different packages. They bring in Ryan Buchanan as well.”
Woodson was very complimentary of the Rebels’ skill players.
“I think for sure they have the most explosive skill players if not in the country in the SEC for sure. That No. 6 (Jaylen Walton) does a really good job. If he gets a step on you you can stop running. He’s an explosive running back. Laquon Treadwell looks really good coming off that injury.”