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#17 Wade Woodaz

Wade Woodaz - Football - Clemson University Athletics
Tampa, Fla.
High School:
Jesuit HS

Young defensive weapon whose versatility has led to his usage at both linebacker and safety … entered 2023 credited with 20 tackles (5.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked punt in 180 snaps from scrimmage over 14 games (one start) as a freshman in 2022.

2023: Recorded three tackles and recovered a muffed punt at Duke … contributed two tackles and returned his first career interception 35 yards for a touchdown vs. Charleston Southern … shared defensive player of the game honors after posting five tackles and an interception he returned 59 yards vs. Florida Atlantic, becoming the first Clemson linebacker with a pick in back-to-back games since Isaiah Simmons during his Butkus Award-winning 2019 campaign.

2022: Credited with 20 tackles (5.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked punt in 180 snaps from scrimmage over 14 games (one start) … All-ACC Academic Team selection … ACC Honor Roll selection … blocked a punt in his collegiate debut at Georgia Tech and shared team special teams player of the game honors for that contest as Clemson produced two punt blocks in a game for the first time since 2007 … added a tackle vs. Furman … posted three tackles (0.5 for loss) and a pass breakup vs. Louisiana Tech … made one tackle at No. 21 Wake Forest … contributed two tackles at Boston College … added a tackle for loss vs. No. 14 Syracuse … collected his first career sack and forced fumble amid his three tackles (1.5 for loss) vs. Louisville … made two tackles (0.5 for loss) vs. South Carolina … registered five tackles and a pass breakup vs. No. 24 North Carolina in a game he started at safety … assumed the role as the team’s primary SAM linebacker in the Orange Bowl vs. No. 6 Tennessee, collecting two tackles (both for loss) and a pass breakup.

Before Clemson: Active linebacker who is one of the leaders of Tampa’s Jesuit High team that ranked 11th in the nation according to MaxPreps … captain of Jesuit squad that went 15-0 and won the school’s first state title since 1968 … Jesuit was 38-2 over his last three years: 12-2 in 2019, 11-0 in 2020 and 15-0 in 2021 … PrepStar All-Southeast Region selection … finished career with 216 tackles, including 107 first hits and 109 assists … had 10 tackles for loss, five caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles, two blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries … in 2021, posted 82 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, four caused fumbles, a blocked kick and two interceptions … had best game posting 18 tackles against St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the nation’s top teams … had 84 tackles in just 11 games as a junior in 2020 … had three double-figure tackle games, including a season-high 13 vs. Bishop Moore … had 11 tackles and three passes broken up against Clearwater … had 50 tackles as a sophomore in 2019, including a season-high 10 vs. Northeastern … committed to Clemson on Nov. 25, 2021 … coached by Matt Thompson at Jesuit High School … enrolled at Clemson in summer of 2022. 

Personal: Construction sciences and management major … born Feb. 4, 2004.

Note: Tackle stats in the bio above reflect statistics from coaches film review. Tackle stats in the table below reflect those as awarded by gameday stat crews.