2012 QB is big on SMU

Taylor Woods is already an experienced starting QB, despite the fact that he'll only be a junior this year at Fort Bend Austin. Woods knows where he'd like to play college football - at SMU - and he already has a mentor on the team.

It didn't take long for Fort Bend Austin QB Taylor Woods to earn the starting nod as a sophomore last year.

"I started eight or nine games," said Woods, "and I took 89% of the snaps. Early in the season, I was alternating with a senior until I led our team on a touchdown drive against Katy Taylor. After that, I played the rest of the season as the starter.

"Things weren't too hot for us as a team. We didn't win a game, but it was great getting all that on-field experience heading into this year. We have a lot of returning starters and a new coach who is incorporating all of my strengths into the offense."

Woods, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 190-pounder, threw for approximately 700 yards last year with a handful of TDs.

"Our program has been down for a couple of years," he said, "but this is our best chance to make the playoffs in awhile. Our new offense will be all shotgun, although our coach is reluctant to call it a spread offense - because we incorporate other aspects that aren't necessarily used in a spread.

"I've put on a bunch of weight and gotten more than three inches taller since last season. My 40-yard dash time has really dropped. Last year, I was successful throwing the ball and I had nice velocity, but my footspeed wasn't good when I would try to run the ball. I've worked on that and I ran a 4.78 at the UTSA camp."

Woods has a high opinion of SMU.

"That's my top school," he said. "I have a lot of friends there, including the center, Ben Hughes. He's the biggest mentor that I've had in my life. He's an example of a faithful, Christian athlete. I've always looked up to him and he showed me how to relate to everyone and be a leader.

"When I'm watching college games, I picture myself in the different offenses that I'm observing and I can really relate to Kyle Padron and his style of play. He has a cannon. I'm very interested in SMU and I did well at their camp."

Woods is all business when it comes to hitting the books.

"School comes first in my family. My dad, who's a lawyer, and my mom are both graduates of the University of Texas. I really like the academics at SMU. If you come out of there and don't make it to the NFL, then you're still prepared for the future."

Pony Stampede Top Stories