Defensive back Khalid Wooten will be entering his third season with the Pirates in 2021. After a brief stop in the Arena Football league, Wooten signed with the Pirates in 2019. He played in 9 games recording 30 solo tackles and 2 interceptions. In the 2013 NFL Draft, Wooten was drafted in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans, the 202nd pick overall. After two seasons in the Titan organization, which included appearances in 3 games during 2014, Wooten was released. He then played for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, starting in 2 games during the 2016 season. In spring 2017 Wooten was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Later in ‘17 Wooten was signed by the Toronto Argonauts. His final stop before joining the Pirates was a stint with the AFL’s Atlantic City Blackjacks. Wooten is a versatile, athletic player and his style allows him to match up well with larger, physical wide receivers.
In 2012, Wooten’s senior year at the University of Nevada, he was named to Preseason All-Mountain West Conference. He played in 13 games and recorded 53 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown. Wooten also returned 3 kickoffs, averaging over 20 yards per return. The Wolf Pack finished the season at 7-6, 4-4 in conference, and were invited to play in the New Mexico Bowl. Arizona beat them in an offensive battle, 49-48.
As a junior in 2011 Wooten played in 13 games, recording 73 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. The Wolf Pack went 7-6, 5-2 in conference, and faced Southern Mississippi in the Hawaii Bowl, losing 24-17. Against Boise State, Wooten set a career high with nine tackles and also broke up 4 passes. As a kick returner, Wooten gained over 250 yards on 11 attempts.
Wooten played in 14 games during 2010 as a defensive back and on special teams. He recorded 16 tackles on the season and entered Nevada’s record book by returning an interception 90 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico State. Late in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Wooten came up with a key interception to seal the win, 20-13 over Boston College.
In his freshman year Wooten played in 12 games and recorded 15 tackles and 2 interceptions. Wooten played both quarterback and safety in high school, leading his team to ‘06 and ‘07 city championships in California. He is entering his age-31 season with the Pirates.