OUTLOOK: Justin Woodall returns for his second season as Alabama's starting strong safety ... a big, strong safety who supports against the run and has a nose for the ball ... played in 31 games in his three-year career and started all 14 games for the Crimson Tide last season ... a candidate for all-conference honors ... has 53 career tackles after making 47 last season ... forced two fumbles while breaking up nine passes and intercepting four passes in 2008 ... won the Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award following spring practice in 2009.
2008 (JUNIOR): Woodall's development earned him the starting job at strong safety, which he held all season ... started all 14 games ... excelled at both stopping the run and in pass coverage ... made four interceptions, including one returned for 74 yards and a touchdown at Arkansas ... intercepted four passes ... ranked tied for 13th in the SEC and tied for 82nd nationally with .29 interceptions per game ... recorded 47 tackles on the season with a 1.5 tackles for loss (-4) and eight pass breakups ... his 12 passes defended (.86 per game) tied for ninth in the SEC and was 77th nationally ... had 99 interception return yards on the year ... named the defensive player of the week following the Western Kentucky game ... his efforts garnered him the team's Unsung Hero Award. Clemson: Woodall started but did not record any statistics as the defense spent just 18:47 on the field and played just 48 snaps. Tulane: He notched a career-high four tackles with three solo stops and a pass breakup vs. the Green Wave. Western Kentucky: Woodall made a career-high five tackles with a tackle for loss (-3) ... made his first interception ... and had another pass breakup ... named the Alabama coaching staff defensive player of the week. Arkansas: He intercepted his second pass of the year and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown against the Razorbacks ... had another pass breakup and made four tackles - two solo. Georgia: Woodall led the team with five solo tackles ... also intercepted his third pass of the season while forcing a fumble and breaking up a pass ... his interception of Bulldogs' quarterback Matthew Stafford came deep in Crimson Tide territory late in the second quarter, ending a UGA scoring threat and preserved a 31-0 halftime lead for Alabama. Kentucky: He made one solo tackle and broke up a Wildcats' pass in a 17-14 Crimson Tide win. Mississippi: Woodall intercepted his fourth pass of the season and returned it 12 yards ... also made five tackles - four solo - against the Rebels and broke up one pass. Tennessee: He tied his career high with five tackles, including three solo stops ... helped the Crimson Tide defense limit the Volunteers to 173 yards of total offense while surrendering just 36 on the ground and 137 in the air. Arkansas State: Woodall registered one solo tackle against the Red Wolves as the Crimson Tide defense allowed just 158 total yards, including a season-low 67 in the air. LSU: He notched two assisted tackles and broke up a pass from his strong safety spot. Mississippi State: Woodall started his 11th game of the year at strong safety, but did not record any statistics. Auburn: He equaled a season and career high with five tackles against the Tigers ... helped limit Auburn to just 57 yards rushing and 113 total yards. Florida: Woodall recorded eight tackles with six solo stops ... helped limit the high-powered Gators to nearly 100 yards below their season average. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He registered two solo tackles ... broke up one pass by Utes' quarterback Brian Johnson.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Played in five games on special teams and as a reserve in the secondary ... saw action against Western Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisiana-Monroe and Auburn.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams ... finished with six tackles, one pass breakup and a blocked punt ... the blocked punt came in the first quarter of the overtime win over Mississippi ... had three solo tackles against Louisiana-Monroe ... had a tackle against Vanderbilt and Tennessee ... named Alabama Special Teams Co-Player of the Week in the win over Louisiana-Monroe.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Starred in baseball and football at Lafayette County High School ... tied the Mississippi state record with 17 interceptions as a junior ... two-time All-State and three-time All-Area selection ... named the "Dandy Dozen" Defensive MVP as a senior ... hit .421 on the baseball diamond and turned down a contract from the New York Mets to play football at Alabama.