Stats: 13 games played, 16 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (15 yards), 3 sacks
What Stood Out:Stats don’t tell the full story with Antwaun Woods. Woods is a huge body and he occupies 2 spaces at once. In an ideal setting, he would be a nose tackle. Stats rarely tell the full story with Woods because of his size & ridiculous strength. Woods has the strength to be an effective pass rusher in obvious passing situations. This was evident as he racked up 3 sacks as a freshman.
What Needed Work:Technique, by far. As was already mentioned, Woods has superior strength. He lacks technique & finesse, but you can expect that he will progress under Orgeron. Additionally, he currently lacks the motor to be an every down guy. He’s a situational guy, but could become an absolute terror if he increases his stamina and football acumen. With additional coaching and an increase in role responsibility, Woods will be expected to take big steps moving forward. Especially if USC is to be dominate in Pendergast’s schemes.
Final Word:It’s far too early in Woods’ career to give a final word on anything. He’s young, raw, and talented, but he needs veteran guidance. With the addition of 3-4 schemes, Woods should see an increased role in USC’s defensive schemes. He definitely has to tools to be the defensive line leader when the team is in a 34 base.