Woodie selected for NFL fellowship
Count USF linebackers coach Raymond Woodie among the Bulls enrolled in the Summer B session.
Only the 'B' stands for Bucs in his case.
Woodie, 40, was among four coaches chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants for the 2014 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. Selected by the Buccaneers, he'll work alongside the team's coaching and scouting staffs when Tampa Bay's training camp commences July 20.
His internship lasts two weeks. USF begins preseason drills Aug. 4.
“Wow, it’s a great opportunity,” Woodie said in a USF news release. “There is so much information you can learn, and I’m going to be there like a sponge. I want to absorb a lot, take a lot of notes and just come in and incorporate.”
Woodie, named the American Athletic Conference's top recruiter by two national scouting services earlier this year, engaged in a lengthy application process that began in April. Bulls coach Willie Taggart, who interned with the Eagles and Raiders early in his career; and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan gave hearty recommendations.
A former Palmetto High and Bethune-Cookman linebacker/safety, Woodie is entering his second season on USF's staff, and his fifth season as a Taggart assistant.
He was Florida's youngest prep football coach when Bradenton Bayshore hired him at age 23 in 1997. He led Bayshore to the playoffs seven times in 10 seasons before being hired at his alma mater in 2007.