Woods faces stiff competition

Since stepping on to campus two years ago D.J. Woods was an instant contributor. While that doesn't figure to change in 2010, Woods maybe facing his stiffest competition yet as the wide receiver position maybe the deepest and most talented it's been in years.

Since stepping on to campus two years ago D.J. Woods was an instant contributor. While that doesn't figure to change in 2010, Woods maybe facing his stiffest competition yet as the wide receiver position maybe the deepest and most talented it's been in years.

However, the competition is not something that Woods is concerned about, instead it has forced the junior to try and raise his level of play.

"Oh, most definitely," Woods said. "We're all working hard, but we know there's people behind us who want to take our spots. So right now we're just trying to do everything we can to try and keep our spots."

With the return of players like Armon Binns, Marcus Barnett and Jamar Howard along with the additions of Vidal Hazelton and Kenbrell Thompkins, the competition at wide receiver is stiff. But Woods said that hasn't hurt the camaraderie of the group.

"We're all brothers. On the field we're going to push each other to the max, but off the field we're like best friends," Woods said. "It's like a real brotherhood, you know, we'll fight sometimes but always make up later."

With star Mardy Gilyard graduating, Woods knew he would have to step up and said he put the work in during the offseason to get ready.

"I worked my ass off," Woods said. "I ate right, I trained, tried to get my body rested and do everything I needed to do to get into my top shape."

Despite being an emerging star, Woods isn't the kind of receiver to shy away from contact and is liking all of the hitting going on in spring practices.

"It shows your toughness, and it shows that we want to come out here and practice and work hard everyday. I feel like everyone gets excited to come out here and hit, everyone gets excited to come out here and perform," Woods said.

Woods said he is fitting into the offense well at this point, and will be used in the slot mainly as he has in the past. With the added competition at wide receiver Woods knows playing time will be hard earned but is ready when he gets on the field.

"When I get my chances I'll make the most of them," Woods said.


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