The Woods Factor
October, 6, 2011
By Garry Paskwietz | ESPN Insider
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireRobert Woods has become much more dangerous after the catch as a sophomore.Robert Woods is leading the nation right now in receptions with 55, 12 ahead of his closest competitor. That’s an impressive number in its own right. But another area of his development that is noticeable is his “yards after catch” total.
Woods averaged 12.2 yards per catch as a freshman, but so far in his sophomore year that average has jumped to 13.6 yards per catch, even as he has become the focal point for opposing defenses. Former USC receiver John Jackson says this is a critical element of Woods’ development that is helping to make him an all-around receiver.
“Last year when Robert caught the ball he was satisfied with the catch, the first down, whatever happened,” Jackson said. “Now he is looking to turn every catch into a score. A lot of receivers think the tough part of their job is the catch and doing the things leading up to that, like getting off the line of scrimmage, running the route and finding the open hole. Woods is now understanding that he’s a good runner after he makes the catch, and it’s going to take one, two or three guys to bring him down.”