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SEC’s Woodson, Ainge Adjust To Different Roles In New York

By: Magnolia Tribune - May 23, 2008

SEC’s Woodson, Ainge Adjust To Different Roles In New York

In their final meeting at the college level, they combined for 827 passing yards and 13 touchdown passes in one of the most exciting games of the entire 2007 college football season.

Quarterback Erik Ainge led his Tennessee Volunteers that day (November 24th, 2007) to a thrilling 52-50 triple-overtime comeback win over the Kentucky Wildcats and fellow SEC quarterback Andre Woodson, before a national television audience.

Once star quarterbacks in the college football’s best conference, the New York Jets’ Ainge and the New York Giants’ Woodson must now adjust, for the foreseeable future, to life as backups in NFL’s biggest market.

The earlier similarities between Ainge and Woodson were evident throughout their college careers.

Each played in the SEC from 2004-2007, with each starting slowly during their first two years, each taking drastic steps forward in their development during their junior years, and each enjoying tremendous seniors seasons.

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