Evan Woodbery

Tigers beat writer


Evan Woodbery

I cover the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball for MLive Media Group.


How did the New Orleans Saints defense get here? Tracking highs and lows from 2012 to now

The worst defense in the NFL in 2012 morphed into one of the best in 2013. By now you probably know that the team in question is the New Orleans Saints. That awful defense got even worse in 2015, prompting head coach Sean Payton to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan this week and assign his duties to Dennis Allen.
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Thursday night NFL games are grind for players, cash cow for league

When New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday, he went searching for a restaurant or a drive-through open at that late hour. It was almost midnight, but Lofton was hungry. And the clock was ticking. In eight hours, he would wake up on Monday morning and start to heal the wounds from the previous day.
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New Orleans Saints spending by position: More dollars invested in secondary in 2015

The New Orleans Saints will allocate a greater percentage of their salary cap to quarterbacks than any other team in the NFL. They'll also have more so-called "dead money" counting against the cap than any of the other 31 teams. Drew Brees' salary cap burden of $26.4 million is pricey, but most teams in the league would gladly spend as much on an elite-level quarterback.
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Tennessee football's 12 months of change, transition: Behind the scenes in Butch Jones' first year

This was a traditional "season wrap" written in narrative style using anecdotes, conversations and interviews accumulated throughout the course of the year.
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Butch Jones: Rooted in Saugatuck

We traveled to Butch Jones' hometown over the summer and produced a massive print and web project for the season preview. The link in this tab is the landing page for our content. Although there were several stories, the links below go to the main story... (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)
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UT hopes Butch Jones will boost student attendance, but Vols fighting nationwide ticket trend

A student ID and 10 bucks was all it took to get a ticket to Neyland Stadium for a home football game last year. On most Saturdays, there also was room to bring along a few thousand friends.
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A road map for getting back: Study shows Vols' fall from glory years

The introductory story in a huge online and Sunday print recruiting package: The News Sentinel created a database of every player signed by the Vols since 1994 — 434 players from 28 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. We looked at the 19 signing classes that span the coaching tenures of Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and, most recently, Derek Dooley. We wanted to determine what had changed and what could be fixed, particularly with a new coaching staff starting from a clean slate.
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How to build Tennessee's recuiting

Sidebar companion piece to our main story in the recruiting package. Focuses on tangible conclusions to be drawn from our research.
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Derek Dooley and fired assistants will cost UT an estimated $7.5 million

Even though virtually all of Dooley’s staff members found new jobs — often, quite good jobs — UT will still owe the ex-coaches $7.5 million over the next three years, according to an analysis of contracts by the News Sentinel.
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UT football coach Butch Jones surprisingly savvy on Twitter

Few, if any, SEC athletic departments have a more aggressive social media strategy than UT. In Butch Jones, it got a coach who has been tweeting before most people even knew what it was.
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Central Michigan focus for Butch Jones' coaching staff at Tennessee

Of the nine on-field assistants and one strength coach hired by Jones to his new staff at Tennessee, all but two have passed through Central Michigan at some point in their careers.
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Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years

If Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart decides to change directions in the football program after this season, the move won't be cheap.
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Evan Woodbery

I'm an experienced reporter who has spent more than a decade on high-profile sports beats.

I have previously worked for NOLA Media Group ( | The Times-Picayune), the Knoxville News Sentinel, (Birmingham News, Press-Register, Huntsville Times), The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.



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