Player Profile Series: Zach Wood

Our player profile series continues with a look at DE Zach Wood!

Zach Wood

Position: Defensive End

High School: Rowlett

Class: Sophomore (RS)

Size: 6-3, 258

Recruitment: Wood was one of the more sought after players in their 2011 recruiting class, as he held offers from eight other schools that range from Virginia to Minnesota to Houston. Wood played mostly defensive tackle in high school, and came to the Hilltop with a college ready frame. Wood was rated a three-star prospect by most recruiting services and was named to the first team 5A All-Area team after his senior season.

2012 Review: Last year was Wood's first season dressing up for the Mustangs, as he redshirted in his first year on the Hilltop. Wood played in nine games last season, totaling nine tackles and a half-sack. Despite playing mostly defensive tackle in high school, Wood made the switch to defensive end once he arrived at SMU.

2013 Outlook: Wood enters the 2013 season as the projected starter at right end, opposite Andy McCleneghen or Beau Barnes after an impressive spring that was capped off by a pick six in the spring game of Garrett Gilbert on a shovel pass.

Wood will be part of a very inexperienced defensive line that will need to understand the defensive schemes quickly as they will go up against very mobile quarterbacks early on in the season, which is something they struggled with last year.

Although Wood, who has added close to 30 pounds, will enter fall camp as the starter, he and the other young defensive ends will need to continue to get better, as the highly touted freshman Zelt Minor will be pushing for playing time early on in his career.

Competition for playing time may be what is best for the young defensive line, because without a player like Margus Hunt on the roster, SMU will need quality play from the defensive end position, which is something that is fostered out of competition.

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