Jaron Woodyard appeared in eight games in his first season at Nebraska in 2018, finishing with one reception for 10 yards and four kickoff returns for 50 yards. He made his career debut in the third game of the season at No. 19 Michigan. The next week against Purdue, Woodyard had a 10-yard reception for the first catch of his career. He also returned a pair of kickoffs for 34 yards against the Boilermakers in his first action as a kick returner. He also had a 13-yard kickoff return at No. 8 Ohio State.
Before Nebraska (The Avalon School/Arizona Western CC)
Woodyard joined Nebraska in June of 2018 following two seasons at Arizona Western Community College, where he helped Coach Tom Minnick’s team to a 20-2 combined record.
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 averaged 23.7 yards on 11 receptions as a freshman in 2016, 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 in 2016.
Woodyard was ranked as the No. 2 junior college wide receiver in the country by 247Sports and was listed as the No. 23 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 numerous other offers.