E.C. Glass WR Marquise Woodruff (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Woodruff takes WR MVP back to Lynchburg
by Byron Jones, recruit804
E.C. Glass football has been on a resurgence since Head Coach Jeff Woody took over the program in 2015. Before his arrival, Woody won back to back Division 3 state titles at Brookville before leaving for a two-year stint at Monticello. When Woody came back to Lynchburg and took over at Glass, the once storied program was in the gutter. From 2005-2015, the Hilltoppers were 29-64 and resided in the basement of the Seminole District.
After posting a 1-9 record in his first season, Woody began cleaning house. He dismissed players who were not dedicated to the program and walked in his vision of being a true student-athlete.
In year two, the Hilltopper’s finished 6-4 and they haven’t looked back. In 2017, they finished 8-5 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Hilltopper’s finished the past two seasons 11-2 and have made two consecutive appearances in the Region 4D finals.
Rising senior Marquise Woodruff (2021 WR 6-1 180) has been apart of the rebirth at EC Glass. Last Sunday, he made the two-hour drive down to Richmond to compete at our Clash of the Titans event, and he didn’t go home empty handed. Woodruff was tabbed the wide receiver MVP of the camp, impressing his position coaches throughout the afternoon with his route running abilities and soft hands.
In an interview with Woodruff via Twitter, he stated, “It meant a lot to me being named MVP because I know that the 804, 757, and NOVA areas have a lot of great competition. Taking home the award lets me know that all my hard work and training is paying off.”
When asked what he took away from the event, Woodruff stated, “It’s important to always be the leader of your group and stay grinding because the next man behind you is always waiting to take your spot.”
With the departure of play makers Dresean Kendrick (QB Region 4D OPOY First Team All-State), Quoterris Craighead (Second Team 4D), and Ty Foster (Second Team 4D) Marquise looks to be a bigger weapon in Woody’s offense come spring. Last season, he recorded 14 catches for 152 yards and two scores.
Woodruff currently holds an offer from Westminster College and has received interest from VMI, Emory and Henry, and Ferrum.
– Byron Jones