Cierre Wood, RB

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Oxnard, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 213 lbs.
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04/29/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 5. RB Cierre Wood, Notre Dame (5-11, 213, 4.56)...Although he had an up-and-down collegiate career, Wood flashed NFL talent throughout his time in South Bend and has the skills to contribute in a zone-blocking scheme. But lackluster production and some off-field questions (two-game 2012 suspension for breaking team rules) made him unworthy of a draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2013 - 2013 Notre Dame Pro Day: Cierre Wood, running back (5-11 1/4, 218) - Wood ran 4.52 and 4.51. He posted a 4.25 time in the short-shuttle drill, 6.81 in the three-cone, and kept his vertical and broad jump numbers from the combine. He also did 18 strength reps and performed a postion workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/14/2013 - If Brian Kelly is able to lead Notre Dame back to the BCS championship next year he'll do so without the Irish's top two rushers from 2012. Notre Dame knew it would be losing senior Theo Riddick, but junior running back Cierre Wood will also be leaving. He will forgo his senior season and is entering the 2013 NFL draft.

The 6-0, 215-pound Wood averaged an eye-popping 6.7 yards per carry for the Irish in 2012, finishing second to Riddick (880 yards) with 740 rushing yards and four touchdowns despite starting just four of the 10 games he played. Wood was suspended for the first two games of the season by Kelly for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Wood is a naturally elusive runner with the burst to and through the hole, plus lateral agility to make defenders miss. These traits, along with good vision, speed and size make him an intriguing NFL prospect with enough upside to warrant middle-round consideration. Wood doesn't run as powerfully as his size would indicate and remains a bit rough around the edges as a pass blocker, however, which is why NFLDraftScout.com currently rates him as the No. 20 running back prospect in the 2013 draft.

The 2013 draft is lacking a consensus top running back prospect and therefore is perceived by some to be lacking in talent. There is good depth at the position, however, which makes Woods' leap a bit of a gamble. The difference between his being being drafted in the third round or the sixth could come down to the performance he has in pre-draft workouts and the feedback teams receive when investigating his suspension. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/16/2012 - 2012 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT HONORABLE MENTION: RB Cierre Wood (Sr.), has been selected All-Independent Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions' coverage markets. - Notre Dame football

11/18/2012 - In his three seasons at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has landed a few "six-star" recruits - players that decided to come back to school instead of putting their names in for the NFL Draft. After landing Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert, and Manti Te'o, Kelly and his offensive staff should set their sights on running back Cierre Wood. After leading the Irish in rushing the past two seasons, Wood started the season seemingly in the head coach's dog house, suspended for the year's first two games for a mysterious violation of team rules along with linebacker Justin Utupo. And while Wood has continued to put up impressive stats in his third season in the Irish backfield, Kelly and the offensive staff have leaned more heavily on fellow senior Theo Riddick, choosing versatility and consistency, even if the results are more modest.

On paper, the decision is confounding. Riddick is averaging a decent 4.58 yards a carry on the season while leading the team with 160 carries for 734 yards. Wood, after running for 150 yards on just 11 carries, now has 720 yards on just 102 carries, averaging more than seven yards a carry. Wood mentioned on Facebook that Saturday would be his final game in Notre Dame Stadium, leading you to believe that he's ready to depart South Bend after getting his diploma. But Kelly believes that the senior running back, who has a year of eligibility remaining, still has work to be done.

"Cierre continues to do the job we ask him to do," Kelly said. "He's getting better. I mean, he's got a long way to go, but he had a great night tonight. I think we blocked well up front. He saw the things necessary to put his foot in the ground and play North and South. He's a better football player when he goes North and South. I think he's starting to understand that as well." - Keith Arnold, Inside the Irish

10/06/2012 - Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade, and Everett Golson came off the bench to lead the No. 9 Irish to a 41-3 victory over Miami on Saturday night in what was a very tame sequel to the famed "Catholics vs. Convicts" rivalry. Wood rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Atkinson added 123 yards and another score. Golson, who sat the first series as punishment for violating team rules, completed his first six passes and finished 17 of 22 as Notre Dame improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Miami, which was held to just 285 yards after piling up 1,260 yards and 86 points in its previous two games. The Hurricanes (4-2) were hurt by at least a half-dozen drops by their receivers, including two certain touchdowns by Phillip Dorsett on Miami's very first drive. Miami's only points came on Jake Wieclaw's 28-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Hurricanes got to the Notre Dame 7 late in the fourth quarter only to turn the ball over on downs. - AP Sports

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Cierre Wood (Sr.), Notre Dame, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Wood (Oxnard, Calif./Santa Clara H.S.) paced the Irish ground attack with a team-high 1,102 yards (12th-best in single-season school history) and nine rushing touchdowns. He became the 10th different Notre Dame running back to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground in aseason and first since Darius Walker ran for 1,267 yards in 2006. Wood also registered 1,375 total yards from scrimmage in 2011, which ranked sixth best in school history. Wood eclipsed the 100-yard mark three separate times last year, including a career-best 191 yards on 20 carries in the victory over Purdue on Oct. 1. The 191 yards (15th-best in single-season school history) were the most by an Irish running back since Julius Jones had 218 yards rushing at Stanford on Nov. 29, 2003. - Notre Dame football

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Cierre Wood, Notre Dame, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club

07/09/2012 - Top-five Notre Dame prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. RB Cierre Wood (6-0, 215)...One of the more underrated running backs in the nation, Wood is a creative runner with the natural ability to make an impact at the next level. He offers an athletic blend of vision and quickness to accelerate in a flash and explode through holes at the line of scrimmage. Wood was one of the top running back recruits out of high school in California and chose the Irish over UCLA, redshirting in 2009. He was in-and-out of the starting line-up as a redshirt freshman in 2010 (five starts), finishing with a team-high 603 rush yards and three scores. Wood had his best season last year as a sophomore back, starting nine contests and finishing with a career-best 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns. He is a patient runner with good eyes, allowing blocks to develop with natural running instincts. Wood is a balanced runner with the fluid change of direction ability to make sharp cuts, sidestep defenders and elude would-be tacklers. He runs with deceiving power and won't go down easy, but can be too indecisive at times and tends to wear down late in games. Wood is an exciting player with home-run ability every time he touches the ball. However, Wood will face a competition at running back in 2012 with former receiver Theo Riddick moving to the backfield full-time and sophomore back George Atkinson not far behind on the depth chart. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/15/2012 - TWELVE PLAYERS WHOSE NUMBERS COULD EXPLODE IN 2012: Cierre Wood, Notre Dame - When you think of the backs out there who are primed for a big season, the first back who comes to mind is NOT Wood, who has had a quiet career for the Irish. I write ???quiet' because he's managed to lead Notre Dame in rushing for two-straight years-including last year's 1,102-yard effort-without a whole lot of fanfare, which seems unusual considering he was a relatively well-heralded recruit coming out of high school. But a closer look at the numbers reveals that Wood has a chance to break the Irish single-season rushing record of 1,437 yards set by Vagas Ferguson in 1979. The loss of Jonas Gray and his 114 carries means that Wood will be the bellcow for a Notre Dame offense that will probably emphasize the run more than ever. The emergence of running threats at quarterback like Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson will probably be to Woods' benefit, too, as defenses will be unable to key on him. I see no reason why Woods wouldn't get an extra 50 carries this season, which should put him into the 1,400-yard region. - Heismanpundit.com


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