For young Rutgers fans, Kenny Britt was a major weapon for the Scarlet Knights from 2006-2009. During his freshman year, Britt broke out into the college football scene against #3 Louisville, racking up two receptions for 82 yards, an average of 41 yards per catch.
From there, Britt maintained a high level of consistency for the Scarlet Knights, as he led all sophomores in Division I-A football in receiving yards in 2007, earned a spot on the Big East’s All-Conference Team that same year, and was given an honorable mention All-American in 2008. Britt racked up 3,043 yards and 17 touchdowns during his time at Rutgers, coming out with Rutgers’ records for career and single-season receiving yards. He also enjoyed a long, successful career in the NFL.
So, what does this have to do with incoming wide receiver Paul Woods?
A 6’1, 165-pounder out of Buffalo, Woods is one of the deadliest, toughest offensive weapons Canisius High School has to offer. While he is a bit underweight, Woods plays like he is 200 pounds or more; slamming his body against defenders, putting his head down and fighting for extra yardage.
On one play, in particular, Woods was running a crossing route, got bumped upfield by a receiver while making the catch in stride, turned on the jets upfield, and trucked his way through a cluster of blockers and defenders for the score.
Like Britt, Woods has shown to be a viable deep threat. Woods fires off the line like a sprinter to a starter’s pistol and can outrun defenders like Usain Bolt on the 100-meter sprint. His best plays come from deep fade, post, and vertical routes, usually when he catches them in stride. And if he gets caught in a battle for a 50/50 ball, Woods has the hops to out jump defenders and strong hands to reel the catch in.
He is also a viable threat in the return game. Woods has a knack of running out to the far sidelines and finding small enough openings to break through and take the rock to the house, which makes him strong option to fill in Janarion Grant’s spot as kick/punt returner.
Woods’s character and personality have him come off as easy going and respectful young man.
“I like the relationship I have with the coaching staff, the great facilities and the life after Rutgers they explained to me,” Woods told NJ.com. ““I went down [to Rutgers] for a camp and there was a great atmosphere. A lot of players came out and helped the camp, and I was having a great time with the players. Overall, it was a great experience. I feel like I have a brotherhood already at the school.”
One intangible that really impressed was Woods’ love and dedication to his family.
According to WKBW, Woods held his signing day during his mother’s because “…It just came to me that I wanted to do it on my mom’s birthday to make it a good present for her.”
Woods is a natural talent and an overall great presence to have in the locker room. If he can dedicate himself to improving his skill set, there is absolutely no reason to believe he cannot be the next Kenny Britt. The talent and attitude are there– all head coach Chris Ash has to do is chisel it out of Woods.
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