Woods playing for the USC Trojans in 2012
|No. 10 Buffalo Bills|
|Date of birth:April 10, 1992|
|Place of birth: Gardena, California|
|High School: Gardena (CA) Junípero Serra|
|College: Southern California|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Buffalo Bills|
|* Buffalo Bills ( 2013–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year (2010)|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013|
Robert Thomas Woods (born April 10, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Woods played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Woods was born in Carson, California. He attended Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, graduating in 2010, where he was a teammate of George Farmer and Marqise Lee. Scout.com rated him as the No. 11 prospect overall and No. 1 wide receiver prospect. Rivals.com lists him as the nation's No. 6 overall recruit, and the No. 1 ranked athlete.
In his junior year, in 2008, Woods had 81 receptions for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns to go along with 15 carries for 124 rushing yards on offense. He also had 87 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery on defense.
In his senior year, Woods caught 66 passes for 1,112 yards, had 5 carries for 70 yards, and had 96 total tackles along with 8 interceptions and a forced fumble on defense for the Serra Cavaliers. In his senior year, his team won the CIF Northwestern Division Championship defeating west coast power house Oaks Christian, ending their winning streak at 34. His team would then play and beat Marin Catholic 24–20 to win the CIF Division 3 state championship and complete the season undefeated 15–0. They ranked fifth in the West according to USA Today. Following his senior season, Woods was recognized as a USA Today high school All-American and played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Track and field[edit | edit source]
Also an accomplished sprinter, Woods was a 2010 All-USA high school track and field selection by USA Today. He recorded personal bests of 21.04 seconds in the 200 metres, and 46.17 seconds in the 400 metres. Woods' 400 meters time of 46.17 ranked him #11 on the 2010 World Junior list, #4 in the USA. At the 2010 CIF California State Meet, Woods finished runner-up in the 400 metres to Joshua Mance in a photo finish. He placed third in the 200 metres, behind Remontay McClain and Davonte Stewart.
Personal bests[edit | edit source]
|200 meters||21.04||Clovis, California||June 4, 2010|
|400 meters||46.17||Norwalk, California||May 28, 2010|
College career[edit | edit source]
Woods accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, where he played for the USC Trojans football team from 2010 to 2012. When he committed to the Trojans in 2010, he joined another high school All-American, Kyle Prater, in committing to play for the Trojans; Woods and Prater were ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 wide receiver prospects by several recruiting services.
He returned a 97-yard kickoff for touchdown in the Minnesota game on September 18, 2010. Several weeks later Woods had his breakout performance catching 12 balls for 224 yards against Stanford. The next week he tallied two more scores against Cal. He was named a Freshman All-American.
In the 2011 season opener against Minnesota, Woods broke the USC all-time record for receptions in a game (previously 15 by Johnnie Morton) and also tied the single game record for TDs with 3. He finished the season with 111 receptions, 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 111 receptions was a new Pac-12 record, breaking one held by Keyshawn Johnson since 1995. He was one of 3 finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.
He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2011.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
2013 NFL Combine[edit | edit source]
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 0 in||201 lb||4.42 s||1.61 s||2.50 s||4.36 s||7.15 s||33.5 in||9 ft 9 in||14 rep|
2013 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]
As early as April 2012, Woods was projected a top-5 prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft. By mid-season, Woods slipped to the lower first round, due to his declining role in the presence of Marqise Lee. He was selected in the second round, 41st overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]
On May 20, 2013, he signed a four year contract with the Buffalo Bills. During a game against the Miami Dolphins on December 22, 2013, Woods was ejected for throwing a punch against Reshad Jones in a junk pile. Woods played 14 games during his rookie season of 2013 with 587 receiving yards on 40 total receptions.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Final 2009 Super 25 football regional rankings". USA Today. December 21, 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/poll/2009-regional-rankings.htm.
- "All-USA high school track and field team". USA Today. July 22, 2010. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/track/2010-all-usa-track.htm.
- Bolch, Ben (May 28, 2010). "Don Lugo's Josh Mance wins 400 in a photo finish". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/28/sports/la-sp-0529-masters-track-20100529.
- Brooks, Bucky (April 29, 2012). "2013 NFL Draft: USC's Barkley, Woods among top 30 prospects". NFL News. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828bf038/article/2013-nfl-draft-uscs-barkley-woods-among-top-30-prospects.
- Prisco, Pete (April 30, 2012). "Top 32 for 2013: Barkley headlines a class that already looks deep". CBS Sports. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/18906573/top-32-for-2013-barkley-headlines-a-class-that-already-looks-deep.
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