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2019 Season Outlook
Senior receiver Jaron Woodyard is poised to push for a more significant role in the Nebraska offense in 2019. A deep threat with great speed, Woodyard saw playing time for the Huskers last fall, but will be asked to help fill the void left by the graduation of Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.
The 5-11, 185-pound Woodyard had a solid spring camp and joins fellow senior Mike Williams and several underclassmen as candidates to join junior JD Spielman as primary targets in the passing game. Woodyard used his speed this spring to compete for the Nebraska track and field team in sprints. Woodyard is a child, youth and family studies major and is on track to earn his degree in May of 2020.
Woodyard appeared in eight games 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.
Following spring workouts, Woodyard competed for Nebraska's track and field team for the outdoor season. He posted the fastest 100-meter dash time on the team (10.47) and second-fastest 200-meter dash time (21.42). Woodyard qualified for the NCAA West Regional as a member of Nebraska's 4x100-meter relay squad.
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.
Woodyard’s guardian is British Gary, and Jaron was born on June 2, 1997. He is a child, youth and family studies major. He volunteered with the Nebraska Football Road Race, the Malone Center and local hospital visits.