Georgia State Panthers nose tackle Terrance Woodard has benefited perhaps more than any other player in the switch to the team's 4-3 defensive scheme, writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Woodard leads the winless Panthers with 36 tackles. The Panthers will need him on Saturday, when they host a New Hampshire offense that is averaging 483.6 yards per game.
His opposing coach this weekend, Sean McDonnell, said he's taken notice of Woodard:
"Their nose guard is a big son of a gun," he said.
The 6'4 Woodard is down to 295 pounds after weighing more than 305 pounds previously in his playing career. The team's strength and conditioning coach Ben Pollard said Woodard's improved conditioning has been beneficial to his improved play:
"He sees his potential more to be an effective player for us and that's helped."
Woodard also has two passes broken up, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Georgia State hosts New Hampshire Saturday 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.