Note to all NCAA Division-I football teams: Take a gamble on Calvary lineman Randy Woodle — Cavaliers head coach John Bachman is daring you.
Nevermind the fact the four-year starter is 5-foot-10 (Bachman says that’s “close enough to 6 foot.”) Just watch what happens when the 260-pounder puts on a helmet and crosses the white line on the football field.
“He knows how to flip it on,” Bachman said. “He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He’s old-time violent — a violent individual. He practices violently, plays violently. Then when he’s off the field, he’s just a little teddy bear.”
Woodle says his personal version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is easy to explain.
“Both sides of the family are two extremes,” Woodle said. “My dad is the fire inside of me. He’s the go-get-it, 100-percent-on-every-play guy. My mom, her whole family is full of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.”
The combination makes Woodle a kid Bachman says girls can bring home to mom and dad can introduce to their daughter.
“(Off the field), then he knows how to be a great young man,” Bachman said.
However, Woodle is unlikely to get along with Allen Iverson — because Woodle loves to talk about practice.
“I love the sport, I love everything about it,” Woodle said. “I’ve especially noticed this year my team needs a role model. I want to be that person. I want to be the guy they see that doesn’t take a play off and doesn’t take a rep off on bench press and workouts.”
Woodle is going to play football at the next level. It’s just a matter of where. Currently, Louisiana College is about the only option.
“(How much stock coaches put in height and weight) is frustrating because that’s something I can’t do anything about. I can control how strong I get, how fast I get — my effort,” Woodle said. “I’m just looking for someone like LC to take a chance on me – at a higher level. I’m not saying anything bad about them, but I would like to play at a relatively big school. However, if Louisiana College is what God has planned for me, that’s definitely what I want to do.
“I just want to play.”
Bachman compares Woodle to former Ruston High and LSU star and current Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Williams (listed at 6-foot-1, 303).
“He doesn’t have that kind of width and size, but that motor,” Bachman said.
Scattered across the defensive line for his entire career, Woodle will see plenty of time with the offense this season; in part because Calvary’s numbers are down.
“Playing on the offensive line has helped me learn the technique for when I’m on defense and what they’re going to try to do. And on offense, I know what the defenders are going to try to do to get around me. I think it’s an advantage.”
Woodle views the relative lack of depth as motivation, not an added chore. In fact, he’s looking forward to parlaying the extra work into accomplishing his main goal – sans a state championship – during his final season at Calvary.
Woodle gets his first opportunity to flip the switch Sept. 6 as the Cavaliers travel across the Red to play District 1-5A favorite Parkway.
“This is my most special season,” Woodle said. “It’s my last chance. I want to be part of the senior class that wasn’t the biggest – definitely not the strongest – but we were the ones who loved the game the most. We’d fight regardless of how many we had on the sideline because it only takes 11 on the field. I want them to say this senior class was the toughest to every come through here.”