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fordfixer
05-28-2009, 12:34 AM
Steelers' Woods on move via special teams

By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, May 28, 2009

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 27070.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_627070.html)

In 2004, Donovan Woods established Oklahoma State freshman records with 13 touchdown passes and 1,855 yards of total offense. During that same season, he ran for a touchdown against a UCLA freshman named Bruce Davis, whom he later bested for playing time as a Steelers rookie.

Woods' football career has taken some curious turns. He's gone from averaging 35.3 yards per touchdown pass as a freshman quarterback in college to stopping quarterbacks from the other side first as a college safety and now as an NFL linebacker.

"I feel like I still have a lot of learning to do," said Woods, whose next career turn is another position change. After playing outside linebacker last year as an undrafted free agent, Woods is making a switch to inside linebacker.

"This is going into only my third year playing linebacker. Most guys have been playing linebacker for a lot longer than three years," Woods said. "Hopefully, my best years are in front of me.''

Woods is hopeful he'll remain at the same position long enough to play it well enough and remain on the roster.

Switching to inside linebacker from outside linebacker can be a difficult transition for a veteran, much less a second-year pro, such as Woods, who played quarterback his first two seasons in college.

"At outside linebacker, we get to pass-rush a lot," he said."That's something I like doing. Who doesn't like rushing the passer? You don't get to do that as much playing inside because you're covering and doing things like that.

"This is a talented group. There's not going to be a lot of guys that can come in and just play right away. I started outside last year, so I was learning out there. There's some things I understand (better), but I'm playing more inside."

Woods made the roster last season, thanks to his athleticism and ability on special teams. He made his NFL debut in the 2008 opener against Houston and recorded two special teams tackles. In his second game, he played on a unit that limited Cleveland's Joe Cribbs to an average of 8.8 yards on five punt returns.

Woods' special teams work helped keep Davis, the Steelers' third-round draft pick last season, inactive. But Woods was slowed by a hamstring injury and appeared in just four games before he was released. He later was re-signed and appeared in one more game, then was re-signed to the practice squad.

For now, Woods is ticketed for special teams in the NFL.

"That's where a lot of young guys are going to make their reputations," he said. "That's where I'm going to make mine. Go out there on special teams and try to be as exciting as I can. Do what I'm supposed to do and be solid.

"I'm just trying to see as much as I can, learn and be in as many situations as I can, because everything I see helps me that much more. As long as I'm here and continuing to learn this defense and continuing to get better as a professional, I think I have a chance.''

Jooser
05-28-2009, 08:14 AM
Let me get this straight, we got a former college QB playing ILB for us? LOL, Lambert just lost another tooth!

Oviedo
05-28-2009, 08:20 AM
Let me get this straight, we got a former college QB playing ILB for us? LOL, Lambert just lost another tooth!

I prefer to see it as a great athlete moving to ILB. He just happens to be a great athlete who also at one time played QB but he got into the NFL based on his resume as a defensive player.

RuthlessBurgher
05-28-2009, 10:09 AM
Joe Cribbs? Seriously? He's only a Pro Bowler that we play twice per year.

Does John Harris even watch football?

ikestops85
05-28-2009, 12:38 PM
Joe Cribbs? Seriously? He's only a Pro Bowler that we play twice per year.

Does John Harris even watch football?

I think he was complimenting the unit on the job they did against Cribbs.

RuthlessBurgher
05-28-2009, 12:53 PM
Joe Cribbs? Seriously? He's only a Pro Bowler that we play twice per year.

Does John Harris even watch football?

I think he was complimenting the unit on the job they did against Cribbs.

They did such a good job against Cribbs that they knocked the "shua" off of his name and replaced it with an "e"??? That is impressive.

I was complaining that the John Harris doesn't even know the names of players that any real NFL fan knows...we aren't talking about some obscure guy that only devoted Browns fans know about. I would be surprised if this guy thought Favre's name was spelled Farve.

ikestops85
05-28-2009, 02:18 PM
Joe Cribbs? Seriously? He's only a Pro Bowler that we play twice per year.

Does John Harris even watch football?

I think he was complimenting the unit on the job they did against Cribbs.

They did such a good job against Cribbs that they knocked the "shua" off of his name and replaced it with an "e"??? That is impressive.

I was complaining that the John Harris doesn't even know the names of players that any real NFL fan knows...we aren't talking about some obscure guy that only devoted Browns fans know about. I would be surprised if this guy thought Favre's name was spelled Farve.

Okay, gotcha. I didn't even notice that. I guess when I read it I just saw J Cribbs and assumed he got the name right. :Bow I should know the expert on player personnel wouldn't make such a mistake. :lol: :lol:

MicroBioSteel
05-28-2009, 02:46 PM
NEW INFO: Woods was just carted off of the field during OTA's Too bad looks serious

RuthlessBurgher
05-28-2009, 02:58 PM
NEW INFO: Woods was just carted off of the field during OTA's Too bad looks serious

Well, that sucks.

By the way, where are you getting this information from?

MicroBioSteel
05-28-2009, 03:08 PM
NEW INFO: Woods was just carted off of the field during OTA's Too bad looks serious

Well, that sucks.

By the way, where are you getting this information from?


I have been listening to ESPN 1250 out of the Burgh.

ikestops85
05-29-2009, 11:48 AM
Any more info on Woods? I really wanted him to have a chance at making the team.

RuthlessBurgher
05-29-2009, 12:29 PM
Any more info on Woods? I really wanted him to have a chance at making the team.

In the OTA VIII Update thread that Oviedo posted, it said "Backup ILB Donovan Woods turned his ankle and left the field." That doesn't sound as bad as ESPN Radio was insinuating.

http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6796

TallyStiller
05-30-2009, 04:40 PM
This is the way things used to work... go out and rip stuff up on the special teams, then get playing time on the regular units. That's the way it was done when Chuck Noll was here. Hopefully, we're heading back that way now, and the days of Cowher rolling out his trusted veterans until they're eligible for social security while leaving young talent that can help the team on the bench are through. Woods being groomed for Farrior's spot?

Steel Life
05-31-2009, 11:15 AM
...Woods being groomed for Farrior's spot?
I think that's a bit optimistic...especially when it's Timmons that's really the guy. I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say that I don't think that Woods is the Robin to Timmons Batman. I still think we're going to see a veteran pick-up for the back-up spot & an emphasis on interior LB's in next years draft.