Fam­ily to see Woods face UT


Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - In­di­vid­u­al­lead­ers Pass­ing Player rush­ing Player re­ceiv­ing Player De­fen­sive lead­ers Player team team team Pos. Pflugerville run­ning back Storm Woods gets past Bowie de­fen­sive back Ed­uardo Alexan­der for a touch­down dur­ing a game at Pflugerville High on Aug.

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.

Be­cause of that, and a friend­ship he had devel­oped with Cooks at a sum­mer camp, Woods made the trek to Cor- Texas Texas Ore. St. Ore. St. Ore. St. Texas Ore. St. Texas Texas 4 6 10.5

1 2.5 12 6.5 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 8 1.5 1 1 val­lis. He’s not the first Texan to do so.

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.

“When they started re­cruit­ing me, I didn’t 5 2 5 16 4 1 2 10 9 2 1 1 3 2 0 0 3 3 99 97 72 70 62 60 53 51 49 S1 Wy­oming W 37-17 S8 New Mex­ico W45-0 S15 at Mis­sis­sippi W 66-31 S29at Okla. St. W 41-36 O6 West Vir­ginia L 45-48 O13 vs. Ok­la­homa L 21-63 O20 Bay­lor W56-50 O27at Kansas W 21-17 N3 at Texas Tech W 31-22 N10 Iowa State W33-7 N22 TCU L 13-20 D1 at Kansas St. L 24-42 S8 Wis­con­sin W 10-7 S22 at UCLA W27-20 S29at Ari­zona W38-35 O6 Wash. St. W19-6 O13 at BYU W42-24 O20 Utah W 21-7 O27at Washington L 17-20 N3 Ari­zona State W 36-26 N10 at Stan­ford L 23-27 N17 Cal­i­for­nia W 62-14 N24 Ore­gon L 24-48 D1 Ni­cholls State W 77-3 know where Cor­val­lis was,” Woods said. “But I was aware of (former Beavers run­ning back) Steven Jack­son and the Rodgers brothers.”

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.

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