Family to see Woods face UT
in the Alamodome.
“Probably more than 100,” he said Monday, when asked how many family members and friends will get to see him play. “People were calling me all night and all this morning.”
Woods is one of 48 Austin-area football players who will compete in a bowl game; five are former Pflugerville players. Lake Travis has the most bowl-bound players, with 11. Locals will be in 16 different bowls.
If Woods’ Alamo Bowl performance matches his regular season, his fan club should have plenty to cheer about.
The reasons for the Beavers’ turnaround from a 3-9 record in 2011 to a 9-3 mark in 2012 and the No. 13 spot in the final BCS rankings are many: a vastly improved offensive line; two 1,000yard receivers, Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks; and a stingy defense that ranked second in the Pac-12 in points allowed. But Woods’ role also has been significant.
The 204-pound tailback, who has added 15 pounds since leaving Pflugerville, rushed for a team-best 822 yards and 11 touchdowns in his debut season despite missing the Arizona State game with a knee injury. His high-water mark was a 161-yard rushing performance, including a touchdown, in Oregon State’s 38-35 victory at Arizona.
For all he’s accomplished, though, Woods describes his season as merely “good.”
“I wish it had been better,” he said. “I wish we were in the Rose Bowl, so I’m not satisfied. I helped my team out some, but I wanted to do more. I’m always wanting to get better.”
That attitude comes as no shock to George Hermann. The Pflugerville coach calls Woods “a high-character kind of guy.”
“Nothing really bothers him,” Hermann said. “He always has a smile on his face.”
One exception came in Woods’ junior year, when his season was cut short by a knee injury against Round Rock. Woods bounced back relatively quickly, joining Pfluger- David Ash Sean Mannion Cody Vaz Case McCoy Storm Woods Johnathan Gray Joe Bergeron Malcolm Brown Terron Ward Markus Wheaton Brandin Cooks Mike Davis Jaxon Shipley
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Before his injury, he said he was drawing interest from a number of schools, including Oregon State. But afterward, Woods said only the Beavers maintained interest and contact.
“It was like everybody else went away,” he said.
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The Beavers’ roster includes four players from the state; the others are safeties Kendall Hill (La Marque) and Peter Ashton (Keller), and defensive end Rudolf Fifita (Euless). The second-leading rusher in school history is Jacquizz Rodgers, a Rosenberg Lamar product who gained 3,877 yards in 2008-10 after following his brother James, a wide receiver, to Corvallis.
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Okafor — a senior at Pflugerville when Woods was a sophomore — obviously is aware of Woods. But the running back said he’s also friends with UT’s Daje Johnson (a Hendrickson alum) and Desmond Jackson, who lived in Austin before moving to Houston in 2004.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone,” said Woods.