Marcus Woodson begins his fifth year on the CSU football staff, after joining the Buccaneers just prior to 2009 spring drills.
Woodson helped mentor the growth of cornerback Charles James, who earned three consecutive nods to the All-Big South 1st Team Defense while setting the CSU career interceptions record with 12. James, who helped the Bucs to a 5-6 overall 2012 record and a 3-3 finish in league play, is now in training camp with the New York Giants. Under the leadership of Woodson, the Bucs' finished the 2012 campaign with the 3rd best pass defense in the country, allowing opponents just 145.5 yards per game through the air. Another reason for this productin was the play of junior college transfer Elijah Lee, who led CSU in tackles from his safety spot en route to taking 2nd Team All-Big South honors.
Woodson came to CSU from Millsaps College where he was in charge of recruiting in Mississippi, Florida, and the southern parts of Alabama and Louisiana.
In 2009 at Millsaps, three of his four defensive backs earned first-team all-conference honors as the defense led the League in pass break ups with 75. In 2007, the Majors’ defense ranked second in the country in pass efficiency defense (81.6 ypg), fifth in scoring defense (11.9 ppg) and eighth in turnovers gained (36). In 20 games over the course of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Milllsaps had 38 interceptions, including 10 returns for touchdowns.
Since 2005, Woodson helped a total of nine players gain All-Conference recognition. In addition to league honors, Woodson also helped coach Marcus Harris, who was named to Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-American Team as an Honorable Mention and was thrice named to D3football.com’s National Team of the Week in 2006, while Ray Kline was tabbed D3football.com All-South Region Second Team in 2007.
The Mississippi native attended Moss Point HighSchool where he not only stood out as an honor roll student, but also contributed on the football field as well. During his high school career, Woodson helped lead his team to a pair of state championships and was selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell Classic and the Mississippi high school all-star game. He also earned all-region, all-coast and all-state recognition after his senior season from the Biloxi Sun-Herald.
At the college level, Woodson was a two-year starter for Ole Miss and was selected for the Senior Leadership Unity Council. He started 18 games before a knee injury ended his career in 2003. He graduated from Ole Miss with a B.S. in political science with an emphasis in criminal justice and a minor in English.
He is married to the former Chastity Simmons.