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NSD December 2017 - Jaron Woodyard

By NU Athletic Communications

Jaron Woodyard, 5-11, 180, WR, Gaithersburg, Md. (The Avalon School/Arizona Western CC)
Jaron Woodyard is an explosive playmaker who will join the Nebraska program after two seasons at Arizona Western Community College. Woodyard helped Coach Tom Minnick’s team to a 20-2 combined record over the past two seasons.

In 2017, Woodyard caught 36 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns and also had 304 yards on kickoff returns. His play helped the Matadors to a 9-1 record and a trip to the NJCAA national championship game. A Maryland native, Woodyard first had a big impact at Arizona Western in 2016. He averaged 23.7 yards on 11 receptions, with five of those catches resulting in touchdowns. Woodyard also averaged 26.0 yards on kickoff returns, helping Arizona Western to an 11-1 record.

Woodyard was ranked as the No. 2 junior college wide receiver in the country by 247Sports, and was listed as the No. 25 overall JUCO prospect by the site. Woodyard played high school ball at the Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md., where he was also a member of the basketball team and a track standout. In high school, Woodyard showed his speed with a 10.68 in the 100 meters and a 21.50 in the 200. Woodyard also visited UCF, Tennessee, Syracuse and Maryland and had dozens of additional offers. He is expected to enroll at Nebraska in January of 2018.

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