June 28, 2006

Woolfolk has great defensive potential

The son of a former Michigan All-American tailback, Troy Woolfolk has gone to great lengths to distinguish himself from his father, Butch, refusing to drop behind the quarterback to take a handoff. However, his coaches recognized long ago it would have been a shame to waste Woolfolk's offensive abilities, insisting he play on both sides of the ball. When he arrives at U-M in 2007, he'll man the corner, but for now, at Sugarland (Texas) Dulles High School, Woolfolk plays receiver.

Elkins High School head coach Robert Crivellari was so impressed with Woolfolk the receiver he's a bit surprised he was recruited by Michigan to play cornerback.

"He's not just one of those kids who uses his freak athletic ability to dominate - he's a very good receiver," Crivellari said. "He runs good routes, catches the ball away from his chest and really understands what he's supposed to be doing. He and their quarterback are in synch with each other and are quite a tandem to defend against."

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