"Theyre thing is getting it to Woods in a lot of different ways," Reese said Wednesday. "He is the deep ball threat of the century."
"You bet. Id say so," Reese reiterated. "Id give him the deep ball threat of the century, for what he does. Hes got great ball skills and body control. The quarterback (sophomore Josh Fields) is going to throw it up and hes going to go get it. Thats what sets him apart from all the other receivers weve played against. If Im a quarterback, if I know the guy catches it, Im going to start taking that risk."
"(Woods) may be the best well see all year, depending on what we see in a bowl game, like Miami," Babers said. "Hes a great wide receiver. Ive watched him play. Im impressed with him."
But deep ball threat of the century? Babers is impressed, but apparently not that impressed. Woods is not even the best in the Big 12, Babers said, despite leading the league in average receiving yards per game (134), good for No. 6 in the country.
"Is he the best in the conference? No. Id say hes in the top five in the conference," the Horns' senior CB said. "All these compliments out here, and I dont get none?"
Who, then, are the Top Four in conference? Babers does not hesitate to respond.
"Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson, Sloan Thomas, Tony Jeffery, Bo Scaife," Babers said, adding a fifth for good measure.
Babers has been Texas designated matchup corner, which means he is typically assigned to the opponents top receiver. But he will likely share much of that assignment with Vasher on Saturday vs. Woods.
"I would love having him one-on-one," Babers said. "Ill get him; Ill get him."
Woods reputation is such that he gets the benefit of game officials decisions. He has already drawn eight pass interference penalties in fourteen quarters of play against opposing defenders.
"Any time youve got that many interference penalties, the officials are protecting him a little bit," Reese said. "Thats just part of it, but hes a good player and they want to see a clean game."
For all the emphasis on the OSU passing attack, sophomore RB Seymore Shaw (264 yards on 37 attempts, 7.1 yards per carry) and freshman RB Vernand Morenci (256 yards on 29 carries) are pacing what is a revitalized Cowboy ground game.
"Were going to have to commit more people to stopping their receivers," head coach Mack Brown said, "so then you worry more about the running game."
The two Cowboy RBs have combined for seven touchdowns through four games, significant in that OSU had just six rushing touchdowns all last year.
"Thats why theyre better (than last year)," Reese said. "Theyre running game is better, and thats what has me concerned."