Storm Woods has a cool name, but he’s more than just that for the Oregon State football team.
The 5-foot-10, 202-pound redshirt freshman RB is in the thick of the competition for the starting job.
Coach Mike Riley praised his pass-catching ability, and his running ability looks good from watching the first four spring practices.
“I’m taking it a day at a time,” Woods said. “I’m being a sponge around (upperclassmen) Jordan Jenkins and Jovan Stevenson. I don’t know all the plays right now, but they are helping me.”
However, there’s been limited hitting so far. So we’ll see how he does as soon as he’s allowed to get hit and block blitzers.
“I have to execute more, and look for the holes,” Woods said of what he has to do to win the starting job. “And I can’t fumble at all. You won’t play if you fumble.”
Woods and Malcolm Agnew were true freshmen last season, and only one would play while the other redshirt. Agnew played and Woods worked with the scout team.
“At first I was bummed out about it,” Woods said. “But I went through the process and I saw that a redshirt year was needed. I’m glad I redshirted. It allowed me to gain weight. I watched a lot of film, and was in the weight room hard.”