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Earned the early nod to regain a starting position at the "sam" outside linebacking slot heading into his final collegiate season, but coaches expect plenty of competition from sophomore Montese Overton during camp and into the fall ... Could contend for post-season honors if senior campaign can exceed the impact he made as a transfer a year ago ... A strong, quick and mobile defender who appeared to quickly grasp fundamental and scheme concepts during his first year in the program ... Booked five stops in the first spring scrimmage on April 6 ... Contributed six more during the second tilt a week later to rank among the tackle leaders and closed out drills with seven hits, including a sack for an eight-yard loss, in the Purple-Gold Game ... Produced a back squat of 505 pounds during strength and conditioning spring testing ... Also had a 345-pound bench press, a 333-pound power clean and a 300-pound push jerk ... Agility numbers rank near the top of his position with a vertical leap of 34", a broad jump of 109" and a pro shuttle time of 4.24.
2012: Stood among the unit's top six tacklers with 49 stops (20 solo) during his initial season with the Pirates ... Ranked third in TFLs (5.0/-19 yards) and was second in sacks (3.5/-15 yards) ... Played in all 13 contests, but opened the last eight to conclude the season ... Recorded multiple stops in nine of 13 games with a career-high 10 against Memphis ... Contributed a pair of assisted tackles against Appalachian State in Pirate debut ... Logged first career sack at Southern Miss in the fourth quarter, dropping Anthony Alford for a five-yard loss ... In first start, tallied a pair of tackles at UCF ... Followed that with his 10-tackle performance against the Tigers, where he also registered 2.0 TFLs (-9 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-7) ... Booked six stops at UAB, followed with five vs. Navy and closed the regular season with a pair of seven-tackle performances vs. Tulane and Marshall ... Had five hits and netted only interception against UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Turned in TFLs against Southern Miss (1.0/-5 yards), Memphis (2.0/-9), Tulane (1.0/-2) and Marshall (1.0/-3) ... Also credited with a quarterback hurry and sack against the Herd ... Twenty-four of 49 stops were on rushes ... Booked four tackles as a member of special teams unit, all on kickoff return coverage ... Developed into a key member of a unit that held four opponents to under 100 rushing yards (USM/91, UAB/82, UH/28, TUL/9) ... Selected as the program's "Most Improved Defensive Player" at the team's annual awards banquet.
Junior College: A California Community College Football Coaches Association All-California Region VI First-Team Defense selection ... Also was the only defensive unanimous pick to the Southern California Football Association American Division, Pacific Conference First-Team Defense squad ... Part of a Pierce program that had 34 players earn scholarships at the NCAA FBS (11), FCS (three), Division II (12) or NAIA (eight) level - a total higher than any other junior college or high school in the nation ... Team went 3-7 in 2011 and 3-3 in the American Pacific Conference ... Tallied a team-high 55 tackles, including 32 solo stops ... Booked a squad third-best six hits behind the line of scrimmage (-24 yards) and one sack for a loss of seven yards ... Credited with two quarterback hurries and one blocked kick ... Paced the team with eight tackles, including one for lost yardage, at Long Beach in a 54-47 setback ... Registered a team single-game season-best 11 stops at Glendale ... Played for head coach Efrain Martinez.
Wisconsin-Whitewater: Played in eight games for the 15-0 NCAA Division III national champion Warhawks ... Program has played for the national championship from 2005-11 and claimed the title the last three seasons while posting perfect 15-0 records ... Totaled 12 tackles with four solo hits and eight assists during the year ... Registered two stops for lost yardage and a half sack ... Credited with 1.5 TFL and the half sack against Dakota State in the second game of the season ... Booked a campaign-best six hits against UW-River Falls, making one solo hit and five assists ... Turned in multiple-tackle efforts against Dakota State and Campbellsville, while recording one stop versus UW-Eau Claire and Wesley ... Returned one fumble 21 yards against UW-River Falls ... Part of a defense that pitched four shutouts and surrendered just 11.8 points per game ... Unit also held foes to 46.6 rushing yards per contest.
High School: Helped Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) to a 5-5 mark and 3-3 league ledger as a senior in 2009 ... Played both ways as a defensive end and tight end ... An all-conference selection, defensive lineman-of-the-year and all-academic honoree in lone year with the program ... A two-year letterman for head coach Jim Nudera ... Also ran track for the Huskies ... Played the 2008 season at Valencia (Calif.) High School where he was a junior defensive end and running back on a Viking program that posted a 10-3 mark and 4-1 league record ... An all-conference honoree who tallied 43 tackles with seven solo stops to assist VHS to a state playoff appearance (third round) ... Booked a season-high seven hits against West Ranch in a 49-0 victory ... Credited with five or more tackles in four contests ... Registered a personal-best two sacks during a 42-14 first-round playoff victory over Ventura and finished the campaign with seven quarterback drops ... Also broke up two passes, recovered a pair of fumbles and caused one during the season ... Played for head coach Larry Muir.
Personal: Full name is Gabriel Renard Woullard ...Born May 25, 1992 at Jackson, Miss. ... Son of Dennis and Imani Woullard ...Father was a football letterman at Jackson (Miss.) State ... Lived in a nomadic state after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his family's home in 2005 when living in Biloxi, Miss. (moved to California, attended three different high schools before graduating from Oak Park-River Forest in Illinois) ... An applied sociology major.