Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Crimson Countdown: WR Derrick Woods
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.
From No. 1 Kendal Thompson to No. 99 Chaz Nelson, SoonerNation is evaluating the Oklahoma roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Impact thus far: Woods hasn’t made an impact on the program. He redshirted in 2012 and earned high praise during his time on the scout team. Woods was one of two freshmen to be named Scout Team Player of the Year.
Expectations for 2013: Any impact Woods makes on OU’s offense will be a plus. The Sooners won’t be counting on him to be a difference-maker.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Woods becomes a core contributor and a legitimate target in the passing game as a redshirt freshman. The promise he showed during his redshirt season is immediately seen on the field in 2013 and he becomes a player the Sooners expect will be a playmaker for his final three seasons at OU.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Woods struggles with consistency and never makes a mark on the OU offense. If that happens he risks being passed on the depth chart by talented true freshmen like Dannon Cavil.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Woods: B. Woods hasn’t done anything on the field but he’s showed promise during his short time on campus. He was an all-purpose playmaker in high school who is just starting to get comfortable at receiver.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Woods: A. Redshirting Woods was the ideal plan. A very raw but talented athlete, Woods needed a redshirt season to get comfortable at the receiver position and get used to the demands of college football.