BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - 34-year-old Marcus Woodson was hired by Memphis Tigers new head coach Mike Norvell where he'll coach the secondary.
What did Woodson learn after spending two season on the West Coast coaching the Fresno State secondary?
Woodson said, "How much I love the South. I really did enjoy my time on the West Coach and I'm grateful for the chance that Coach Tim DeRuyter gave me. But I'm so glade to be back because of the passion and the commitment level here in the Southeast when it comes to football. I'm so excited to be back on the coast and be back at home."
Woodson says he'll be recruiting the Mississippi Coast for Memphis. Woodson was a standout defensive back for the Moss Point Tigers and was a member of the 1996 and 1997 State Champion Tigers under head coach Jerry Alexander. He signed a football scholarship with Ole Miss in February of 1999.
Woodson played two season at Ole Miss, before suffering an injury and closed out his college career at Jacksonville State.
Woodson says his goal at Memphis is to give young men a chance to play Division I football, receive a great education and develop into a good men.
"We will give them an opportunity to achieve success in the classroom and on the football field, "stated Woodson. "A chance to develop them to be better husbands, fathers and also better football players is our emphasis as a staff here at Memphis."
Woodson is married to another Moss Point native, Chasity Simmons and they have a son.
Woodson's recruiting assignment includes the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he compete with former Pascagoula High and Florida State All-American defensive back Terrell Buckley who recently was named secondary coach at Mississippi State.