Woods, Crosslin Look Forward To Rookie Camp

It is still surprising that only three departing Oklahoma State players are heading off to start NFL careers this weekend, and one of those is going without a signed contract. Linebacker Donovan Woods and fullback Julius Crosslin both signed within a matter of minutes after the close of the NFL Draft on Sunday evening.

Woods signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Crosslin signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Oklahoma State standout running back Dantrell Savage is going to Kansas City this weekend to work in the Chiefs rookie camp as an unsigned player.

Woods, who is 6-2, 235, will work toward playing linebacker in the Steelers 3-4 defense and playing on special teams.

"I've never been to Pittsburgh, but I am looking forward to it," said the Cowboys' Defensive MVP in the Insight Bowl. "I know they are going to throw a lot at me and I'm going to do everything I can to pick it up. They want to see how you respond to having everything thrown at you. In my OSU career I have had to pick up on a lot of schemes and Coach (Tim) Beckman runs a pro-style defense, so I think I'm pretty prepared."

Crosslin, who is 6-0, 240, likes the idea of being a fullback and a "four minute" back at the end of the game that a team would use to wear down the opposing defense and run out the clock.

"Just let me get out there and I will run at and attack whoever they want me to attack," said Crosslin, who likes the idea of being a Dallas Cowboy. "That is the team (Dallas) that everybody back home in Amarillo has always followed and they still follow them. Everybody is a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I like the idea that I could be playing for them in the future."

Crosslin finished last season with 59 rushing yards and seven touchdowns as a short-yardage and goal-line back. He also had three tackles on special teams and he will get a heavy dose of those units as well in Dallas.

"I don't mind. I know I'm going to play special teams and that's fine," he said. "I will do whatever they need me to do."

Woods said you have to change your mindset.

"My dad came up to me right after I signed on Sunday and said now football is your job," said Woods. "I had to think about it but he's right. Football is now my job and I'm in a state of transition from college to the rest of my life. I'm fortunate that football is a part of it."

Football is still a Woods family business as Rashaun is in camp with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. D'Juan is with the Jacksonville Jaguars and now Donovan is with the Steelers. The learning begins tomorrow as both Woods and Crosslin have early departures for the cities they hope will become their first post college home.

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