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Posted on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 : 7:16 p.m.

Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk on his finger injury, split personality

By Dave Birkett

Troy Woolfolk, the Michigan football team's most experienced defensive back and most colorful storyteller, did not play in Saturday's spring game because of a broken right pinky finger.

The injury happened in Thursday's practice, when Woolfolk deflected a Devin Gardner pass, and was so gruesome the bone in his finger pierced his skin.


Troy Woolfolk

"He tried to beam it in there, tried to make a bad decision," Woolfolk said. "He made a wrong decision from No. 1 looking to my side because I shut people down. And actually rolling out to my side and throwing the ball. It supposed to be picked, but he threw it so hard and it hit my finger and stuff got nasty."

Nasty enough to make Woolfolk cry?

"I’m going to introduce you all to something," Woolfolk said. "Y’all know me, myself, Troy, but I have a split personality named T-Wolf. When I’m on the field, T-Wolf comes out. T-Wolf doesn’t know how to cry, that’s only a trait that Troy does. Right now, this is Troy. T-Wolf, he’s crazy and I can’t bring him out all the time, I only let him come out on the field. T-Wolf doesn’t have that ability to cry, so that would never happen."

Would Troy have cried if the injury happened to him instead of T-Wolf?

"If it would have happened to Troy, he would have cried, I’m not going to lie. Troy would have cried," Woolfolk said. "You can ask the people. I was mad because they were rushing up to me trying to touch it, and I don’t want nobody to touch my bone sticking out. I was about to punch them with my other hand, but I had to calm T-Wolf down."

Woolfolk said coaches thought the injury was a jammed finger when it first happened.

"Then they saw the blood on my glove," he said. "He was like 'Oh, it must be just a nail that got torn back or something.' So like I took it off slowly and I saw the bone sticking out. I was like, 'Oh, jeez.' I wanted to put it back on and act like nothing happened."

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Mon, Apr 19, 2010 : 12:23 p.m.

This man is frightening. I love it.


Sat, Apr 17, 2010 : 8:53 p.m.

Nice! I cannot wait to see T-Wolf on the field this year... Bring it!!!