Woods (6-1, 185 pounds) admits being frustrated upon learning he'd redshirt this season. His fellow true freshman receivers — Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal and Trey Metoyer — each had immediate opportunities at playing time.
“When the decision was first made, I was down,” Woods said.
“I don't have older brothers, so when I came into this setting, it was like a whole bunch of older brothers. It was from linemen, to linebackers, to cornerbacks telling me, ‘Hey, scout team's not bad. Take advantage of it.'”
As Woods worked through practices and the early portion of OU's schedule, he took notice of the difference his effort really made.
“That became my motivation, to help them out, make sure they're better and make sure they have everything down so when that game comes, they can execute on defense,” Woods said.
When Oklahoma meets Texas A&M on Jan. 4 in Cowboys Stadium, fans' only glimpse of scout-team heroes like Knight and Woods will come during pregame warm-ups.
But if things go according to their plan, Knight-to-Woods connections in actual games might not be too far in the future.
“Me and Trevor have a great relationship as a quarterback and a receiver,” Woods said.
“Hopefully we'll get to see more of that.”