Michigan Wolverines: Troy Woolfolk

Troy Woolfolk understands the mechanics of sprinting. He also understands how fast his former teammate Denard Robinson is.

Yet Woolfolk laughed Monday when told about Robinson's claim to Fox Sports Detroit at Michigan's media day on Sunday that he could beat reigning 100-meter and 200-meter world record holder Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash.

Robinson admitted he'd lose a 100-meter race with the Jamaican sprinter and doubted his competitive level at 60 yards, but in the 40, Robinson was confident.
The three-day NFL Draft came and went over the weekend with few surprises for Michigan players. Three players -- Mike Martin, David Molk and Junior Hemingway -- were drafted.

Many more were not.

The three players drafted equaled the 2010 NFL Draft, which had Brandon Graham go in the first round, Zoltan Mesko in the fifth round and Stevie Brown in the seventh.

In this year’s draft, Martin went to Tennessee in the third round, while Molk and Hemingway were selected in the seventh round by San Diego and Kansas City, respectively.

Hemingway, the last Michigan player taken, joins Steve Breaston as a wide receiver in Kansas City.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Troy Woolfolk will likely be in New York City on Saturday, but he won’t be anywhere near the NFL Draft. Actually, the former Michigan defensive back is going to New York to escape the pressure of this weekend.

Unlike former teammates who will likely be drafted this weekend, Mike Martin and David Molk, Woolfolk has no idea whether or not he’ll be selected. That uncertainty has left him like many of the Michigan seniors who will graduate from the university this weekend -- wondering about their future.

The difference is the process for Woolfolk, Ryan Van Bergen and others plays out publicly.

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Loss Impact: DB Troy Woolfolk 

February, 14, 2012
Paired with our 'Exit Interview' series, Loss Impact looks at departing starters/major contributors to assess how much his loss will mean to Michigan.

Previous Loss Impact: DL Will Heininger; TE Kevin Koger; WR Martavious Odoms; DL Mike Martin; OL Mark Huyge

Troy Woolfolk bounced around the Michigan secondary throughout his career -- always fighting for playing time. Whenever it seemed like he was about to break through as a full-fledged starter, he would get injured. It wore on him, too, as he mentioned to WolverineNation in his exit interview.

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Woolfolk to All-Star Game 

February, 3, 2012
Just when you thought All-Star games were over -- here comes another one.

Former Michigan defensive back Troy Woolfolk will be playing in the Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock, Ark. on Saturday.

Woolfolk began the season as one of Michigan's starting cornerbacks but was eventually moved to safety, where he split time with Thomas Gordon.

Joining him in Arkansas, according to the game's Website, is former Michigan receiver Toney Clemons, who transferred to Colorado. Woolfolk is on the North team and Clemons is on the South, so they could be matched up against one another.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Watching the first half of Michigan's season opener against Western Michigan in September, Lloyd Carr might have known he'd end up in New Orleans since the College Football Hall of Fame is honoring its inductees for this class at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

He wasn't expecting his old team, Michigan, to necessarily join him.

"If you had told me back in August that this Michigan team was going to have the season they had and improve so much from start to finish, I go back to the first half against Western Michigan when we had problems stopping them," Carr said before a Hall of Fame luncheon Tuesday. "You fast forward to Nebraska, to me, it was a sensational performance in every phase of the game.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Will Heininger might have played his last game at Michigan.

All week, the Michigan coaching staff held out hope the senior defensive lineman would be able to play in Tuesday's Allstate Sugar Bowl despite a foot injury.

Now, it looks like it isn't going to happen.

"Heininger probably won't be ready," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Sunday. "He's tried and it's just going to be a shame because he's played his senior year like a senior should and done a great job as a leader up front."

Heininger's absence likely means Will Campbell and Quinton Washington will see increased playing time next to defensive tackle Mike Martin. Heininger started all 12 games for Michigan this season, making 23 tackles and four tackles for loss, including one sack.

Campbell played in 12 games this season, making 11 tackles and two sacks. Washington played in eight games, making one tackle.

Hoke also said Thomas Gordon will likely start over Troy Woolfolk at free safety. and Will Hagerup beat out Matt Wile for punter. When asked what nudged Gordon, Michigan's third-leading tackler, over Woolfolk, Hoke said Gordon has been more consistent.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Another week, another career high for Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.

The redshirt sophomore, who earned the Wolverines' starting role permanently two weeks ago, gained a career-high 192 yards during Michigan's 31-14 win over Illinois on Saturday -- eclipsing the 170 yards he ran for against Purdue.

Much like his 170-yard day, though, he was aided by a Michigan offensive line that was dominant. It was evident early, as he had 121 of his 192 yards in the first quarter.

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Thomas Gordon started the first eight games of Michigan's season at safety. Then, against Iowa on Saturday, he vanished.

He was still on the field, but just for special teams, not when the defense played. Michigan's second-leading tackler became a spectator, replaced by cornerback-turned-safety Troy Woolfolk. On Tuesday, Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison tried to explain why.

"I think the flow of the game, he and Troy have been in a battle for safety and Troy had a better week of practice," Mattison said. "That's the way it'll always be at Michigan, it is who had the best week of practice is going to play. As the game went on, you felt the guy wasn't tired, the guy wasn't hurt, the guy was a key to what you have out there.

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Woolfolk plays safety with Kovacs out 

October, 29, 2011
Shortly before the Purdue game, it was announced that redshirt junior safety Jordan Kovacs would not be playing due to a knee injury suffered earlier during the week. Michigan coach Brady Hoke didn't speculate as to how long Kovacs would be out.

Hoke said he didn't believe Kovacs' absence attributed to the Boilermakers' ability to score on their first drive.

"The expectations are for the position," Hoke said. "If you're in there, there's a way we expect you to play."

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Got to see a little bit of a different view Tuesday for the 20 allotted minutes of practice viewing for the media. Instead of watching just stretching, the media was brought in early, although not too much happened. Here's what we observed -- in bullet form:

  • Martavious Odoms has shed his protective cast on his arm for good. He was out there catching kicks. Taylor Lewan was at practice, with his left ankle heavily bandaged and tape on both of his wrists. Tough to tell whether the tape on the wrists was at least in response to his injury suffered against Michigan State. Ricky Barnum was also at practice, with his right ankle heavily taped.
  • Cornerback Troy Woolfolk, who has had multiple injuries this season, was at practice with no wraps or braces of any kind to be seen.

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Notes from Hoke's Big Ten media call 

October, 18, 2011
For the second straight day, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said his junior quarterback, Denard Robinson, will be fine after being knocked out of Saturday's 28-14 loss to Michigan State. Hoke again said he took a hit in the back, but that he was already feeling better Monday.

And while Hoke said Monday he backed Robinson as his starting quarterbacks, he was asked on his theory of rotating quarterbacks on Tuesday. Michigan has done some of that this year with playing Devin Gardner snaps at quarterback.

He's not a huge fan.

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Michigan C Cites Concussions In Decision To Quit
Joe Schad discusses how concussions and a concern over long-term health have helped Michigan center Jack Miller decide not to play football his senior year.