Artrell Woods Catches On

STILLWATER – Artrell Woods prefers to go by his given name but Oklahoma State fans may soon know him by another name. Mike Gundy and other members of the OSU football family call the sophomore receiver Artie. But Cowboy fans may be calling him something else – like a big-time playmaker – especially after the display he put on Saturday in the Orange-White Game to conclude spring practice.

Woods, a 6-1, 185-pound receiver from Bryan, Texas, was the game's leading receiver with four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in helping the White team rally for a 35-27 victory before a crowd of approximately 15,000 Cowboy fans at Boone Pickens Stadium.

His 65-yard catch from Seth Newton late in the third quarter on a trick play (Newton was a receiver and caught a lateral from quarterback Zac Robinson before throwing downfield to a wide open Woods) pulled the White team even 20-20. Then, it was Robinson and Woods teaming up for a 28-yard TD pass with just 1:14 remaining in the game to pull within 27-26. Woods then caught Robinson's pass on the two-point conversion for what proved to be the game's winning points. The White team added a late touchdown – Robinson threw a 25-scoring pass to Jeremy Broadway – with 35 seconds remaining for the game's final score.

But it was the play of Artie Woods ("My momma and my family are the only ones that are supposed to call me that.") – oh, OK Artrell – made an impression on Cowboy fans during Saturday's game. But it did not surprise head coach Mike Gundy, offensive coordinator Larry Fedora or any of his teammates – not after being one of the Cowboy offense's best performers during the spring.

"He's really matured quickly for a young guy," Gundy said of Woods, who had two catches for nine yards as a freshman. "He didn't have many plays last year. I think he had two catches, and I think they were both for first down on third-and-three and another one on third-and seven.

"We're really excited about him because of his ability to take the top off of it. Not only can he do that, but when he's down there he makes the catch. Some guys have the natural ability to catch a deep ball, and he does.

"Artie is really coming on. He's going to give us something … you guys know with my background that I love to take the top of the defense off. He reminds me a lot of (former Cowboy receiver) John Lewis, when we used to be able to turn him loose and run behind the defense. I'm not so sure that he's not faster than John," Gundy continued.

Woods had just two catches for 18 yards in the first half of the spring practice finale. He made only two more in the second half but both were big-time catches when they counted most.

"Coach (Doug) Meacham told us at the half that we were going to start airing the ball out, and trying some of our trick plays. That just made me want to go out there and go get it," said Woods. "We had a bunch of fun. That was probably the most fun I've had since I've been here."

What made it even more fun was winning over an Orange team that included starting quarterback Bobby Reid and standout wide receiver Adarius Bowman. But the White team, despite scoring two touchdowns in the final 1:14, didn't have the game wrapped up until the game's final play.

Reid threw to Bowman (four catches for 72 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter) who zig-zagged his way across the field for 42 yards before being pulled down at the 15-yard line as time expired.

Both Bowman and Gundy know what type of help that another big-play receiver can mean to the Cowboy offense.

"It's not a flash in the pan (what he did tonight) because he's done it consistently throughout the spring. He's done it for 15 practices," Gundy said. "He's a guy that you can count as a legitimate starter. We played three or four wide outs, and we rotate them in, but I wouldn't say that there is anybody very far ahead of him."

White 3 10 7 15 - 35
Orange 0 10 10 7 - 27
White – Elliott Goudge 34-yard field goal (12:11, first quarter)
White – Dan Bailey 35-yard field goal (10:34, second quarter)
White – Julius Crosslin 1-yard run (Elliott Goudge kick) (9:21, second quarter)
Orange – Bobby Reid 9-yard run (Jason Ricks kick) (5:01, second quarter)
Orange – Jason Ricks 31-yard field goal (0:33, second quarter)
Orange – Justin Gent 13-yard interception return (Jason Ricks kick) (13:41, third quarter)
Orange – Jason Ricks 35-yard field goal (6:13, third quarter)
White – Artrell Woods 65-yard pass from Seth Newton (Dan Bailey kick) (0:30, third quarter)
Orange – Adarius Bowman 10-yard pass from Alex Cate (Jason Ricks kick) (6:10, fourth quarter)
White - Artrell Woods 28-yard pass from Zac Robinson (Artrell Woods pass from Zac Robinson) (1:14, fourth quarter)
White – Jeremy Broadway 25-yard pass from Zac Robinson (Elliott Goudge kick) (0:35, fourth quarter)

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