Morehead, Ky. (WKYT) - Andre Woodson begins his first season at Morehead St. and says he couldn't be happier. He's a full-time football coach, has a new son and on Thursday, was hosting his first quarterback camp for young players.
The former Kentucky star does admit, however, to noticing the excitement surrounding his alma mater.
"Honestly, I'm not surprised," Woodson said, just before his campers broke for lunch.
Since Mark Stoops succeeded Joker Phillips as UK's head coach, the program has been on an uptick. More than 50,000 fans showed up for the spring game and now, as they put together what some are calling the nation's best recruiting class, the Wildcats are the talk of college football.
"As soon as Stoops walked into the office, you felt like there was something different about him," Woodson said. "The first day, we were watching recruits and commitments for 12 hours. I don't think we left until 3:00 a.m. Just the GA's and the head coach."
After playing at UK, where in 2007 he became a Heisman Trophy candidate, Woodson was a practice squad player for the Giants and the Redskins. He joined Phillips' staff as a graduate assistant in 2011.
But Stoops didn't retain Woodson and was hired by Morehead, where Rob Tenyer begins his first season.
"I'm glad I chose this direction. I truly enjoy being around this staff," the new Eagles wide receivers coach said.
"I hope to be a coordinator at some point," Woodson said, when asked about where his new career might lead him. "Head coach is not something I'm going to try and go after. I'd truly like to be an offensive coordinator down the road. That would be my dream."
Still, he can't help but wonder about what it might be like now, if he'd been asked to stay at UK.
"It's a bitter pill to swallow, when you realize you left it at the wrong time," Woodson said. "But I'm here now and I'm glad to be here."
As for the buzz about Kentucky football?
"I think it's huge," he said. "It's something they've needed for a long time. It's encouraging to see. In the future I think the program is going to be where a lot of people never thought it could be."