Woods' lack of production a popular topic

November, 13, 2012
11/13/12
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LOS ANGELES -- As Robert Woods gave an on-camera interview to a Japanese video crew after the Trojans' Tuesday practice, USC running back D.J. Morgan walked past the cameraman and delivered some snark.

"Two catches, negative three yards," Morgan said, loud enough for the camera to catch and Woods to react, shooting a glance in his direction.

Yes, those were Woods' numbers against Arizona State last week. And no, his teammates aren't letting the junior receiver forget about his career-worst effort. Morgan, Woods' longtime friend and roommate, was teasing the usual star occasionally over the weekend, and he brought a little bit of it to the practice field, too.

"He's just saying, 'Why do they want interview you?'" Woods said afterward.

Yet, with all of the questions he's been asked about it in recent weeks, Woods maintains he's not at all upset about his lack of involvement in the USC offense. Even as Marqise Lee's numbers pile up. Even as Curtis McNeal, similarly overshadowed by Silas Redd this year, broke out against Arizona State.

"Each week is different," Woods said Tuesday. "I had two catches for negative three yards, but I also had some good blocks for Marqise and Curtis.

"Each week is a different role. It's still a working week this week."

With 61 catches and 653 yards through 10 games this season, Woods has fallen far off the pace he set last year, when he had 92 catches for 1,126 yards through the same span.

The touchdowns are staying similar, though, with 10 scores this year and 11 through 10 games last season.

Maybe Woods' biggest problem, though, is the lack of big plays he's producing. Whereas Marqise Lee has averaged 38 yards per grab on his 13 receiving touchdowns this season (and 43 if you count his kickoff return TD), Woods doesn't even have a 43-yard catch this year.

He averages a little less than 16 yards per touchdown catch. Lee has obviously proved to be more explosive, and that's been more meaningful to Matt Barkley, Lane Kiffin and Co. this season.
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