Robert Woods came to USC as a 5 star receiver from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA. He came in highly regarded, and he was expected to see the field early on. He made a name for himself and was emerging as one of the most important players on the team as a freshman. This was also Ronald Johnson's final year with USC and he was the star of the Trojan's receiving corps. Woods had a breakout game in a loss to the Stanford Cardinal where he snagged 12 catches for a whopping 224 yards and three touchdowns. From then on he would start to overshadow the veteran Johnson. He finished the season with 65 catches (led the team) 792 yards, and 6 touchdowns( 1,817 All-Purpose yards) he was named a 1st team Freshman All American.USC Trojans stats
His Sophomore year started with a bang as he snared 17 catches in a win against Minnesota breaking Johnnie Morton's record of 15 receptions, he also had 177 yards and three touchdowns in that game. In a shootout with Arizona he almost made the record books again with 255 yards (260 was the mark to beat) he had 15 catches and two touchdowns as well. As Robert Woods exploded onto the national scene USC reemerged, and finished 10-2. Woods finished the season with 111 receptions for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns. Woods was a unanimous 1st Team All Pac-12, Biletnikoff Finalist, and 1st Team All American.
Coming into his junior season Woods missed most off-season practices due to ankle surgery, and did not fully participate until Fall practices. Woods and the USC Trojans came into the season as the number one team and with lofty expectations. Woods and rising sophomore star Marqise Lee were considered the best wide receiver tandem in the nation. The first play from scrimmage this season was a short pass to Lee that turned into a huge gain for a touchdown, you might have not thought it then but it was meant to be Lee’s year. During the Colorado game Woods was put into the Trojan record books once again when he caught his 217th pass for a touchdown, he also snagged the record for most receiving touchdowns in a game after he caught his fourth. Woods still had very good numbers, and any receiver in the country would want those numbers, however after such a monster sophomore season and the emergence of Marqise Lee led to Woods’ season to be seen as a disappointment. He finished the season with 76 rec, 849 yds, and 11 touchdowns.
After a shocking loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl Woods decided to declare for the NFL draft, leaving his illustrious college career with a loss. We were all pretty sure he would leave before he announced, but we hoped for the best. He had already proven himself in college and Lee had become the go to guy. With all that combined with a new QB and Kiffin calling plays why would the guy want to stay? We will always remember Woods whether Lee breaks all his records, he brought excitement to a dark time. His dismissal opens the door for guys like Nelson Agholor and George Farmer (hopefully he can breakout this year) which should be exciting. Woods leaving is bitter-sweet, and he is going to make one NFL team VERY happy. Thanks Robert and good luck!