Marcus Woods
Marcus Woods

RS Senior

Farmington Hills, Mich.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 195




Mizzou Football vs. Ohio

Sept. 23, 2006 -- Faurot Field


Mizzou Football vs. Ole Miss

Sept. 9, 2006 Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field

  • Spring 2006 Team Most Improved Offensive Back
  • 2004 1st-Team Freshman All-Big 12 (The Sporting News)

Proven veteran who has been an impact player for the Tigers in both the return game and the offense, who looks to return to that role after his playing time dropped in 2006 due to various reasons ... Is listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at the tailback spot entering fall drills ... With 947 career rushing yards, needs just 53 more to join the 1,000-club ... Is most effective on the edges, and can be a dangerous receiving threat out of the backfield and also as a punt returner ... Changed his jersey number from 20 to 3 during the spring, when that number opened up as Will Franklin changed from 3 to 2.

Despite limited carries, was second among Tiger tailbacks with two rushing TDs ... Had season-high 53 rush yards and one TD in opener vs. Murray State ... Also scored on the ground vs. Ole Miss ... Had 2 rushes for 9 yards in game #11 at Iowa State, his first carries since game #7 at Texas A&M ... Also returned 2 kickoffs at ISU, his first returns since game #4 against Ohio ... Was also back to return kickoffs and a couple of punts in the regular season finale against Kansas, but none of the kicks he was back for were returnable ... Had a very impressive-looking spring camp, and he won the team's most improved offensive back award for his efforts ... Suffered an ankle injury in the last week of camp that held him out of the annual spring game, but the injury was not serious.

Had an up-and-down season that featured wonderfully productive moments, but that was hampered toward the end by various injuries ... Suffered a groin injury in the regular-season finale at Kansas State, and could not finish the game, and subsequently could not play in Mizzou's bowl game against South Carolina... Also missed game No. 10 against Baylor, as he was held out to help a turf toe injury heal - an injury that kept him from being 100 percent for much of the season ... Despite the nagging health issues, was MU's 3rd-leading rusher, with 435 yards on 93 carries (4.7 ypc) ... Had 3 rushing scores, with single TD games against Arkansas State, Troy and Oklahoma State ... Doubled as MU's top punt returner, but injuries limited him to only 7 punt returns ... Took those 7 punt returns the other way for an average of 26.9 yards (188 yards total), including a 73-yard TD against Troy in game No. 3 ... Also had a 76-yarder that nearly went for a score at Oklahoma State ... Had his biggest game in MU's win at Oklahoma State, as he totaled 204 all-purpose yards, including a career-best 102 yards rushing (20 carries) ... Also caught 3 passes for 26 yards and a TD, to go along with his rushing TD ... Also returned a punt 76 yards to the 10-yardline, and had he scored on that play, he would have been the first Tiger in recorded history to score rushing, receiving and punt return TDs in the same game ... Averaged 69.4 yards rushing per game in MU's 1st 5 games while healthy, but that average fell to just 17.6 yards per game in MU's final 6 outings (DNP vs. Baylor) ...Had a strong debut to the season, rushing for 90 yards and 1 TD in the opener versus Arkansas State ... Was on the way to a nice spring camp before suffering an ankle injury that forced him out for most of the practice period.

Named 1st-Team Freshman All-Big 12 by The Sporting News after a redshirt freshman season that saw him rush for 428 yards and 2 TDs ... Also caught 8 passes out of the backfield for 60 yards ... Played in all 11 games and started three times, against Texas, Nebraska and Kansas State ... Came on strong late in the season, as he gained nearly 50% of his season total yardage in the last four games of the year ... Had a career-high 81 yards rushing and 1 TD in the season finale at Iowa State, with his score coming from 5 yards out to open the scoring in MU's 17-14 overtime win ... Was MU's workhorse in the overtime period, as he carried 4 times for 13 yards to put the Tigers in position for Adam Crossett's eventual game-winning field goal ... Had 73 yards of offense in game No. 9 against Kansas State, including 68 yards on the ground, including his first career TD of 21 yards ... Rushed for 22 yards against Nebraska and added 48 yards in receiving, with his catch nearly going the distance for a TD ... Opened his Tiger career with a solid 65-yard rushing night against Arkansas State ... Had two other rushing games of 50 yards, including a 52-yard day against Colorado and 53 yards at Texas ... Longest rush on the season was a 30-yarder against Ball State ... Had a great spring practice period, which he closed out by rushing for a game-high 109 yards and 1 TD in the annual Black and Gold Game, on just 11 carries ... His 25-yard TD was a typical multi-juke run where he weaved back and forth making people miss.

Redshirt season ... Turned heads most every day in practice with his moves going against the top defense ... Was twice named scout team MVP for his work in practice leading up to games against Middle Tennessee State and Texas A&M.

Rivals.com rated him as the No. 8 all-purpose back in the nation, and as the No. 10 prospect in the state of Michigan (all positions) ... Rated as the Midland region's No. 50 overall prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... Named to virtually every all-state, all-metro and all-county team ... Ran for 1,550 yards as a senior, with 23 TDs and averaged over 7 yards per carry ... Also caught 18 passes out of the backfield for 276 yards and 2 TDs ... Had 1,676 yards rushing and 33 TDs as a junior, and added 1,537 yards and 28 TDs as a sophomore ... Left as Harrison High School's alltime career leader in rushing (4,803 yards) and scoring (90 TDs for 540 points) ... Also had impressive career receiving totals of 44 catches for 727 yards and 5 TDs ... High school coach - John Herrington.

Son of Kevin & Anita Woods ... Older brother Kevin was a wide receiver on the Northern Illinois football team ... Is majoring in hotel and restaurant management ... Chose Mizzou over Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Toledo and Bowling Green, among others.

G-GS Rush-Yds. Avg. TDs Long Rec.-Yds TDs Long
2004 11-3 101-428 4.2 2 30 8-60 0 48
2005 10-10 93-435 4.7 3 32 18-92 1 18
2006 12-0 21-84 4.0 2 27 2-11 0 8
Totals 33-13 215-947 4.4 7 32 28-163 1 48

Punt Returns
Kickoff Returns
No. Yds. Avg. TD Long No. Yds. Avg. TD Long
2004 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2005 7 188 26.9 1 76 0 0 0.0 0 0
2006 9 39 4.3 0 18 4 51 12.8 0 20
Totals 16 227 14.2 1 76 4 51 12.8 0 20


Rushes: 20, at Oklahoma State, 2005

Rushing Yards: 102, at Oklahoma State, 2005

Rushing TDs: 1, 7 times

Longest Rush: 32, vs. Arkansas State, 2005

Receptions: 6, vs. New Mexico, 2005

Receiving Yards: 48, at Nebraska, 2004

Longest Reception: 48, at Nebraska, 2004

Longest Kickoff Return: 20, at Iowa State, 2006

Longest Punt Return: 76, at Oklahoma State, 2005

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