Wood Perfect in College Debut

USC sophomore placekicker Andre Heidari did not make the trip to New Jersey with the Trojans due to an undisclosed injury. In his absence, freshman walk on Alex Wood was called upon to kick for USC.

USC traveled to New Jersey without their starting kicker Andre Heidari, who suffered an undisclosed injury during the Trojans' season opener against Hawaii.

Due to his absence, USC Coach Lane Kiffin was forced to change his game plan on multiple fourth down situations and he had to rely on a freshman walk-on for point after touchdown duties.

Alex Wood made his debut for the Trojans in the 2nd quarter to kick the extra point following a Matt Barkley to Marqise Lee touchdown.

Wood finished the day perfect, making all six of his extra point attempts. "It's a huge high right now," he said after the game. Wood learned he would be starting on Wednesday prior to the game, after winning the field goal competition during practice. "It's been exciting," he said. "At practice, it's fun being the number one and working with these guys out here and I'm just excited to be here."

Wood says he had offers to walk-on at other FBS schools, but "couldn't deny" USC.

He is listed as a co-starter with Heidari for the Trojans week three matchup at Stanford.

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