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2003 Football Roster


Michael Woods

Class: Sr.
Position: SS
Height: 6-1
Weight: 211 pounds
Previous School: Lowndes Co. HS
Hometown: Valdosta, GA

2003: Voted second team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Finished third on the team in tackles with 58 while also recording three tackles for loss, two interceptions and a sack ... Played in 11 games, including nine as a starter ... Collected his third career interception when he hauled one in against FAU ... Earned two lightning bolts (one on defense and one on special teams) for his play against the Owls ... Turned in seven stops at No. 8 Georgia and added five solo tackles at Clemson ... Had five tackles and a pass breakup against Temple ... Made the game clinching play against NMSU when he stepped in front of a Paul Dombroski pass and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter ... Woods' return went down at the time as the longest in the history of the Sun Belt Conference ... Woods, who ended the game with six tackles, earned SBC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his effort against the Aggies ... Had five stops in win over Idaho ... Registered a season-best 10 tackles at Utah State ... Collected five tackles and a pass breakup against Troy State.

2002: Played in all 12 games ... Started the first six games of the year at left pony before being relegated to a backup role the final six contests of the year ... Finished with 48 tackles on the year ... Voted preseason first team all-Sun Belt by the leagues coaches ... One of 67 players in the country named to the preliminary list for the annual Butkus Award ... Collected a season-high six tackles against Utah State, while adding five stops against Alabama, Tennessee, and Idaho ... Forced a fumble and recovered it against Utah State.

2001: A second team All-Sun Belt Conference performer ... A strong candidate to earn first team All-SBC honors in 2002 ... Started all 11 games (five at outside linebacker, six at free safety) ... Led the team in tackles with a career best 80 stops to go along with four tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups, and a fumble recovery ... Voted the team's Defensive MVP following games against Vanderbilt, Idaho and New Mexico State (shared with Randy Arnold) ... Registered three double figure tackle games, including a career-high 14 against New Mexico State ... Recorded 12 stops at Ole Miss and 10 in win over Idaho (career best eight solos) ... Also collected an interception against the Vandals ... Had a 38-yard interception return on the road against North Texas, which was his first game playing free safety ... Also had nine tackles against SEC foes Vanderbilt and LSU ... Averaged 62.1 snaps per game and was in on a career best 95 plays against Idaho.

2000: Played in all 11 games with most of his action coming on special teams ... Collected 13 total tackles and one blocked kick (punt vs Louisiana Tech) ... Had a personal best four tackles at Mississippi State and three each versus Connecticut, South Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette ... Against Louisiana Tech, Woods blocked a Bulldog punt two minutes into the game and returned it five yards for a touchdown ... It was the first blocked punt of Andy McCollum's head coaching career.

High School: Led Lowndes Co. to the Georgia Class 4A State Championship in 1999 ... Was named Class 4A All-State, All-Region I-AAAA and All-Area at Lowndes in 1999 ... Played outside linebacker and defensive back ... Excelled on special teams where he returned kickoffs and punts, but made a name for himself by blocking punts and field goals ... Blocked a total of five kicks in 1999 ... His biggest block came in the state semifinals against Northside Warner-Robbins when he knocked down a field goal try and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown ... Rated one of the fastest players in Georgia by a scouting combine ... Played for coach Milt Miller ... Also excelled in the 100 meters and anchored the 4X100 relay team for Lowndes' track program.

Personal: Parents: Edward and Loretha Woods ... Born: 4/3/82 ... Major: Physical Education.



2001 Game-by-Game Stats
2002 Game-by-Game Stats
2003 Game-by-Game Stats