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The Case for Woods

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USC sophomore Robert Woods is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's top wide receiver.  He will be in Orlando on December 8 for the College Football Awards to see if he is the first Biletnikoff winner in Trojan history.

Here's why he should be:

  • 111 receptions, 1,292 yards, 11.6 average, 15 TDs
  • Broke Keyshawn Johnson's Pac-12 and USC season receptions record
  • One of only 2 players nationally in the Top 15 in receptions (9.3), receiving yards (107.7) and all-purpose yards (151.6)
  • Only unanimous pick on the 2011 All-Pac-12 first team
  • Seven 100-yard receiving games
  • 17 catches for 177 yards against Minnesota (second-most receptions ever by a Pac-12 receiver) to break Johnnie Morton's USC game reception record and had a school record-tying 3 touchdowns (all in the first half) to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week
  • 14 catches for 255 yards against Arizona (5 yards off the USC game receiving yardage record) with 2 TDs (including a career-long 82-yarder, the longest completion at USC since 2001) and he had 332 all-purpose yards
  • 12 catches for 119 yards (both game highs) with 2 TDs at Notre Dame
  • 12 catches for 113 yards with 2 TDs against UCLA
  • 2010 Freshman All-American first teamer and Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year
  • Already sixth on USC's career pass catching list (176 receptions) and fourth on the career kickoff return ladder (1,364 yards)

"Robert Woods is the best player on the field in this USC-ND game. He is consistently fantastic." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

"I think I've now seen enough to say that USC's Robert Woods is [the] best NFL wide receiver prospect I've seen play college football. Ever." -  Brooks Melchior, SPORTSbyBROOKS.com

"I think [Robert] Woods, [Marqise] Lee and [George] Farmer will be considered the best wide receiving corps in college football history next year." - Chris Huston, HeismanPundit.com

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(Photo by Jon SooHoo)

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