October 15, 2009

Woods Ready to Contribute

Austin Woods most certainly enjoyed his official visit to Oklahoma during the Baylor weekend but the visit and his time spent with fellow commitments Bronson Irwin, Adam Shead, Tyrus Thompson and recent commitment Daryl Wililams became the second story of the trip.

While Woods had been considering becoming an early graduate from Rockwall (Texas) Heath it wasn't until just before the start of his season that he actually cemented it as more than an idea.

"Actually I had never told you that, it's been thought of for a while and during the summer I decided for sure it's what I was going to do," Woods said. "It's crazy to go up (to Oklahoma) and realize that, two, three, or four months you'll be right there with those guys. I don't know the words; it's just kind of a shocker. It's time to get ready to go."

Woods certainly wasn't that worried about breaking news last weekend, instead he focused on spending time with his new found offensive line mates. And it seems that he and Irwin made plans to room together when they arrive to Norman in January.

"The visit was great, everything I expected and more. Bronson and I are going to room together, we're going to go up there early together so I'm glad about that," he said. "As far as the campus, I had pretty much seen everything, but on the official it was a more personal tour of everything, it was a lot more personal. I got a chance to ask the questions I needed to have answered."

With the loss of Brian Simmons on Saturday and the fact that Irwin and Woods spent a lot of time around starting center Ben Habern and potential starting left guard Stephen Good made it even more apparent how much the Sooners need the presence of the two freshmen-to-be.

Woods says the coaches have let he and Irwin know that while job aren't going to be handed out, they are attainable. Interestingly the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Woods may be worked at not only his projected position of center.

"Definitely it all starts with coming in and working hard, showing you are ready to work hard and play at the next level. You can see the offensive line numbers are a little thin right now, it's all a little thin and hopefully we can help," Woods explained.

"During the recruiting process they said I could play center or guard, they haven't said anything lately though. You've got to be interchangeable, you've just got to be ready to play."

The offensive line struggles have brought on team struggles and with the Sooners off to potentially their worst start since 2005 some Sooner fans have been concerned about possible wavering commitments. Woods says that's no concern to him or any of the commits he stays in touch with.

"It happens to every program, Oklahoma is a great program. They are expected to win all their games but sometimes it doesn't happen. It makes it great to have those high expectations, and most of the times they meet those.

"They come back and play well, it's just something that happens and it's about how you rebound."

With Sooner fans headed to Dallas starting today Woods is ready to have some more allies around town on his side of things.

"I catch it every once in a while when we see something on television, they talk about it on TV all week. I've been catching it pretty good from the guys at my school."

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