Woods 'exhausted' after combine

Former USC receiver Robert Woods announced for the NFL following the conclusion of his junior season at the Sun Bowl. Though no longer with the team, Woods remains a familiar face around campus...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Since announcing for the NFL draft after the Trojans loss in the Sun Bowl, Robert Woods has been no stranger around USC.

Woods was back on campus just days after completing his workouts and interviews in Indianapolis, Ind. at the NFL combine.

"It was a good trip," Woods said after watching his former teammates offseason workouts. "But it was exhausting."

The receiver, who measured in at 6-feet and 201-pounds, recorded an official 4.51 40-yard dash and benched 225-pounds 14 times, finishing one rep shy of his personal best. "I showed I'm healthy," Woods explained, "and that I have speed behind me."

Woods was limited through summer workouts and was slow to return to full-action during fall camp his junior season as he continued to recover from ankle surgery that took longer than expected to heal. After undergoing x-rays and examinations, doctors at the combine determined his surgically repaired ankle is now fully healthy. "They said it was great and that they didn't see any issues with it," Woods said. "So I smiled when I heard that."

In 25 career starts at USC, Woods amassed 176 catches for 2,084 yards and 31 touchdowns. Though those numbers speak for Woods' contributions on the field for the Trojans, it was the yards he missed that came into question in an interview room at the combine.

Recall the USC–Arizona game on Oct. 27 in Tucson, Ariz. The Trojans up 28-13 over the Wildcats and quarterback Matt Barkley looks deep down field for Woods – overshooting him by just a couple of yards. The play has even been pointed to by USC head coach Lane Kiffin as a possible "turning point" in the Trojans season. A catch there, it is thought, would've sealed a win in Tucson.

It's the play that won't die for Woods -- and it came alive once again in Indy. "I walked into [an interview] where it felt like an interrogation room," Woods recalled. "They had a huge a light shining on me, a camera in my face, and like 15 coaches sitting there in silence and one coach asking questions."

[The interviewer] said ‘You say you're a fast guy -- explain this to me (showing Woods film of the missed catch) –-- cause I say that you are not fast,'" Woods continued, "And I was like ‘ohhh' -- so I said I ran my route and the speed is there – and I just had to go like that."

Woods met officially with 16 NFL organizations while in Indianapolis. He says he has yet to schedule any team workouts, but has definitely blocked out time on his calendar to do so. He'll be participating in USC's pro-day on March 27.

FOX Sports NEXT has Woods listed as the No. 37 best prospect in the 2013 NFL draft.

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