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Woody McCorvey
Position: Assistant Head Coach
Hometown: Grove Hill, AL
Alma Mater: Alabama State
Graduating Year: 1972
Experience: 3 Years

No assistant coach hired by Sylvester Croom has a longer personal relationship with the Bulldog head man than Woody McCorvey, who Croom hired as his assistant head coach on his initial Mississippi State staff. McCorvey runs Croom’s West Coast offense and coaches the team’s quarterbacks.

In his first two seasons at the helm of the Bulldog offense, McCorvey helped Jerious Norwood become just the second running back in MSU history to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing plateau in consecutive seasons. Within McCorvey’s offense, Norwood became the school’s all-time leading rusher. Following the mid-point of his third season directing the attack, McCorvey’s offense began to flourish on the ground and through the air. State averaged 24.2 points per game over the season’s final six weeks. The team averaged 217.7 yards per game passing over that stretch, and 145.7 yards per game rushing in the final three, all conference games.

In 2005, Norwood gained 1,136 yards on the ground, the school’s third-highest single-season rushing mark. On the way to that feat, he gained 257 yards rushing against Houston, a single-game MSU record. In Norwood’s first season under McCorvey, the running back became just the sixth Bulldog back to rush for more than 1,000 yards. In 2006, Anthony Dixon set school freshman rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns records.

This past season, MSU improved its scoring offense by 40 points over ’06, and its total offense average by nearly 20 yards per game.

McCorvey, 56, came to State from the University of Tennessee where he served the previous five seasons as the Volunteers’ running backs coach. With McCorvey heading the UT running game, the Volunteers posted a 46-14 overall record during that time frame. He helped guide Tennessee to the 2000 Fiesta, 2001 Cotton, 2002 Florida Citrus, 2002 and 03 Peach Bowls.

Under McCorvey’s leadership, Tennessee maintained the school’s reputation of having a hard-nosed rushing attack. The Volunteers led the Southeastern Conference in rushing in 1999, averaging 191.3 yards per game. McCorvey’s work helped tailback Travis Stephens pace the SEC in rushing in 2001 with 1,464 yards. He was named first-team, all-America that season and narrowly missed winning the Doak Walker Award as the country’s premier running back. One year prior, McCorvey helped tailback Travis Henry finish second in the league and 14th nationally in rushing with 1,314 yards. During that team-rushing, league-leading 99 season, current National Football League star Jamal Lewis was third among conference ground-gainers.

Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, McCorvey worked one season at South Carolina, where he served as the Gamecocks’ receivers coach.

McCorvey took the South Carolina job following an eight-year stay at the University of Alabama from 1990-97. McCorvey served seven seasons as the Tide receivers coach, and the 1996 campaign as the team’s offensive coordinator.

During those first seven seasons under head coach Gene Stallings, Alabama posted a 70-16-1 overall record on the field. During that time, UA was invited to the 1991 Fiesta Bowl, the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl, the 1993 Sugar Bowl, the 1993 Gator Bowl, the 1995 Citrus Bowl, and the 1997 Outback Bowl. Alabama won the SEC Championship and the national title during an undefeated 92 campaign. With McCorvey at the controls of the offense in 1996, Alabama finished 10-3 overall, including a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

Before his SEC tenure, McCorvey worked seven years at Clemson University (1983-89). With McCorvey coaching the tight ends from 1983-85 and the wide receivers from 1986-89, Clemson posted a 60-19-3 overall record. During that time frame, the Tigers were invited to the 1985 Independence Bowl, the 1986 and 89 Gator Bowls, as well as the 1988 and 89 Florida Citrus Bowls.

From 1979-82, he served as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M. He began his collegiate coaching career at North Carolina Central in 1978. McCorvey began his coaching career with a six-year stint at Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla.

A quarterback at Alabama State University from 1968-72, McCorvey earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU in 1972 and a master’s degree from the University of West Florida in 1977.

A native of Grove Hill, Ala., McCorvey is married to the former Ann Brown, and the couple has a son, Marlon.

Playing Career
- Was a quarterback at Alabama State from 1968-71

Coaching Career
- 1972-77: Tate [Gonzalez, FL] HS 
- 1978: North Carolina Central 
- 1979-82: Assistant Coach, Alabama A&M 
- 1983-89: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers Coach, Clemson University 
- 1990-97: Receivers Coach/Offensive Coordinator (1996), University of Alabama
- 1998: Receivers Coach, University of South Carolina 
- 1999-03: Running Backs Coach, University of Tennessee 
- 2004-present: Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord./Quarterbacks Coach, Mississippi State University

Coached true-freshman Wesley Carroll to freshman all-SEC honors last season ... Mentored Tennessee’s rushing attack that led the SEC in 1999 ... Tutored first-team, all-American Travis Stephens and current NFL star Jamal Lewis at UT ... Member of the Alabama staff that guided the Crimson Tide to the 1992 SEC and national crowns ... UA went to six bowls during his eight seasons in Tuscaloosa.


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