By R. Alan Richardson
After committing earlier to Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee, Alec Woodard made it official this week by signing on the dotted line to play for the Governors next season. When asked why he chose the school, he told the Morgan County Citizen, “I thought it was a good fit for me. First, the new coach (Matt Figger) has only been there for one year, and had a winning record last year. He was also Coach-of-the Year in the conference (Ohio Valley Conference). I looked at that as a positive and wanted to play as soon as I could, but they also had the degree I wanted in software engineering. It just seemed like the right decision for me and my family.” According to Woodard, the University is about a five hour drive.
Austin Peay went 19-15 in 2017-18 after coming off an 11-19 season the year before and were predicted to finish 11th in the OVC preseason poll. With just four returning players from that squad, Figger led his team to a 17-13 regular season record and finished third behind Murray State and Belmont.
Woodard has been an instrumental part of the past four seasons for the success of the Morgan County basketball team. As a freshman on a State-Championship team that included both Tookie Brown and Jailyn Ingram, the crowd chanted after every shot he made, “He’s a freshman.” Since that time, he has been working to again attain that pinnacle with this one statement, “We want to play in the last game,” referring to this year’s State Championship contest. Over the past two seasons, the Bulldogs have been ousted in the Championship game two years ago by Pace Academy and in last year’s Final Four appearance by Greater Atlanta Christian. Both of those teams went on to win the AAA State Championship. You can tell by the tone of his voice that he wants that second State Championship bad. Real bad.