Woodruff masterful in running wing-T offense

Woodruff masterful in running wing-T offense

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Woodruff masterful in running wing-T offense

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Quarterback is the No. 1 position in Riverdale’s wing-T offense.

No quarterback has ran it in Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott’s six seasons better than senior Dillon Woodruff.

Woodruff begins his third season as the Warriors’ starting quarterback on Friday at Brighton. The knee injury that ended his junior campaign prematurely is just a memory.

It’s completely healed. The only reminders are a scar and a knee brace he’s worn in practice.

“It feels as good as new,” Woodruff said. “I haven’t had much trouble with it. Everything is going good. I’m cutting, planting and making throws off of it.”

That’s a good sign for the Warriors.

Woodruff’s recovery from the injury came after a grueling rehabilitation. He stayed ahead of schedule, pushing his body to be ready for his senior season. He’s determined to leave a better last impression.

Woodruff has thrown for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as Riverdale’s starter. He was 106 of 164 passing for 1,524 yards last season. He had 13 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. He also rushed for 826 yards on 122 carries and16 touchdowns.

He threw for 1,161 yards and ran for 1,114 yards as a sophomore during his first season as a starter.

“By now, I’ve had plenty of playing time and experience,” Woodruff said. “I know what is expected of me. As a leader, I can help others out. I know what to expect.”

Woodruff adjusted well to the wing-T coming out of middle school.

“By the time I got to the varsity I knew pretty much everything we did,” Woodruff said. “We ran a lot of it in freshman ball. And in middle school we ran some option.”

Woodruff’s grasp of the offense and ability has led to Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott expanding his schemes. The Warriors showed some pistol formations last year and continued to use more shotgun formations.

“It’s exciting to run new stuff and new looks,” Woodruff said. “Opposing teams never know what to expect. And really that’s what our offense is based on, doing stuff they don’t expect.

“The quarterback does have to know a lot (in the wing-T). Other positions have to know a lot too. But being the quarterback, you are expected to know yours as well as everyone else.”

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