Woodard, Wilcox selected to 12th Annual Toyota East vs. West All-Star game

Friday, November 9, 2018
Cornersville’s Eli Woodard has put up some incredible numbers on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs in his four-year career.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Cornersville’s Eli Woodard and Marshall County High School’s Jayshon Wilcox are two of the 88 top senior football players in Tennessee who have been selected to play in this year’s Toyota East-West All-Star Classic, scheduled to be played at Austin Peay State University on Friday, December 7.

Woodard and Wilcox will both be on the West team and Marshall County coach Thomas Osteen will be on the coaching staff.

Wilcox (6’1-300 lbs.) is a defensive tackle and offensive guard and has played in 49 career games in his four years at Marshall County.

“Jayshon is very deserving of his selection to the All-Star game,” Osteen said. “He has been a dominate force on the line of scrimmage for three years now.”

Marshall County lineman Jayshon Wilcox (72) has been an integral piece of the Tigers’ success over his four-year career.

Wilcox has registered 193 tackles, eight sacks, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, and has recovered one fumble.

The Tigers have a 39-14 record in Wilcox’s four years on the squad, have made three state semifinals appearances, and from 2015-2017 Marshall County posted an unbeaten 15-0 record in region competition.

“Coaches all across the Mid-State rave about him when they see how well he moves for such a big man and I am thrilled that he will have the opportunity to showcase his talents with other great players,” Osteen said.

Woodard has played in 47 games and has put up incredible career numbers at Cornersville on both sides of the ball.

“I was very excited and proud for Eli when I was notified that he was selected to play in this game,” Randolph said. “This is a huge accomplishment for Eli to be able to represent our football program on such a big stage.”

On offense, Woodard has rushed for 3,819 yards and 43 touchdowns, eight two-point conversions, has tossed four touchdowns, and has six touchdown catches.

“He is very deserving to be on this team, and I think it speaks volumes for the work he has put in throughout his football career to be associated with all the great football players who will participate in this game,” Randolph said.

Woodard has 154 career tackles on defense, 14 fumble recoveries, eight interceptions, and has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

“He is a young man that brings it every day in the weight room, practice, and during the game,” Randolph said. “I'm sure I speak for a lot of people in saying that Cornersville Football and the community of Cornersville are very proud of this accomplishment for Eli Woodard.”

For the better part of All-Star Week, players and coaches will spend their time in Clarksville practicing for the event that will be televised nationally on ESPN3.

Four practice sessions, a half-day at famed Ft. Campbell, home of the famed 101st Airborne Division, and walk-through sessions the day of the game help make up the agenda for those involved in the game.

More than a dozen of the Mr. Football semifinalists this year are scheduled to play in the game. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. at Fortera Stadium. Area high school football players who are wearing their high school jersey and are accompanied by one of their coaches will be admitted free to the game.

For updates and complete rosters, follow the Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic on Twitter at @tnallstar and on Facebook at Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic.