Big 12: Austin Woods

Ain't nothin' soft about that softball.
Better luck next time, Grizz.
Welcome to the long, dark, cold world of the college football offseason. We aren't leaving for eight months.
Candy-induced comas today, anyone?

Lunch links: Big 12/Oklahoma State fallout

October, 4, 2012
Dana's back in Texas.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma offensive linemen Austin Woods and Bronson Irwin have been roommates ever since they enrolled early at OU. When Irwin heard his friend was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the spring, it shocked him. What hasn’t shocked him is Woods’ mentality during the process.

“That’s the way he has been and that’s the way he will always be,” Irwin said. “It’s a fighter’s mentality. It’s a 12-round prize fight and Austin will be there the whole time.”

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Rick Scuteri/AP ImagesAustin Woods, Oklahoma's deep snapper on field goals and a backup center, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in the spring.
Woods, OU's deep snapper on field goals, was diagnosed a week after spring football but hasn’t missed a beat. He only missed two summer workouts and has been cleared to play this season.

Following Tuesday's practice, Woods spoke to the media for the first time since his diagnosis:

SoonerNation: Talking to all your teammates, every single one of them mentions you as an inspiration. What does it mean to you to hear things like that from your teammates?

Austin Woods: It means a lot that they say that about me. We’re all brothers on this team. I knew no matter what I wanted to be there for them. It could always be worse. As bad as you think you are, you’re not as bad as some other people. No matter what you’re going through, we can get through this together.

SN: When did you first notice there might be something wrong?

AW: All spring I had a sore throat and swollen glands. I went to trainer Scott Anderson and showed him and asked if that was normal, he said no, not really. I saw multiple doctors and was finally diagnosed with it. It wasn’t [mononucleosis], wasn’t strep throat but nobody was really talking cancer. Went to an oncologist and thought maybe this is cancer. If that’s the case, (I've) got to let my family know. Got to have my coaches and teammates know and be ready to fight this thing.

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Lunch links: W.Va. reaction to Big 12 move

May, 2, 2012
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Big 12 lunch links: Banner year for QB prospects in Missouri

July, 2, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

The Fourth of July has sent most players and coaches across the Big 12 scurrying to an early vacation this week.

But we don't stop around here just because of the approaching festivities.

There are always a good crop of lunchtime links available, if you search hard enough. And today's group is especially succulent.

So here are today's offerings as a prelude to all the brats and watermelon that will be available for all of you over the weekend.

Enjoy them responsibly, along with the weekend pyrotechnics.

  • The Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond reports about the banner year for quarterbacks from across Missouri among the class of 2011.
  • Nebraska freshman safety Mason Wald and junior walk-on fullback Justin Makovicka have left the Cornhuskers' program since the spring semester ended, the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust reports.
  • Projected Kansas starting offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson has boosted his weight by 19 pounds since the spring, Susie Epp of the McPherson Sentinel reports. Hawkinson now weighs 279 pounds with eventual plans to reach 290 -- up from 245 pounds that he weighed when he arrived at Kansas last year.
  • Martin Manley of the Kansas City Star's blog "Upon Further Review" checks out the cumulative preseason rankings of Big 12 teams.
  • The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten has an interesting question-and-answer session with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. Haisten also comments on the chances that the Cowboys will enter the season with their highest preseason ranking in history.
  • Colorado cornerback Anthony Wright is expected to be ready to compete for playing time after sitting out spring practice to recover from a knee injury, the Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo reports.
  • Lincoln Journal-Star staffers Curt McKeever and Brian Christopherson and Steve Ryan of the Big Red Report discuss Nebraska's rushing game and the productive combination of Roy Helu Jr. and Quentin Castille in their Husker Extra Press Box.
  • Center Austin Woods of Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas, has committed to Oklahoma, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports. Woods, who chose the Sooners over Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas, Tech, is the Sooners' fourth offensive line commitment in the 2010 recruiting class.
  • Texas will spruce up the appearance of its mammoth Godzillatron scoreboard by putting a burnt-orange backing on it, the Austin American-Statesman reports.