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Danny Woodhead

Height: 5-08 | Weight: 197 | College: Chadron State
 
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Overview

Daniel Woodhead is proof that big things do come in small packages.

Short on height for a prototype tailback, his slashing, darting running style, along with impressive quickness and explosion, makes the water bug tough to tackle.

The holder of virtually all school and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rushing and all-purpose yardage records, he etched his name into the NCAA record books, both at the Division II level and in the entire collegiate system. With seven games remaining on the 2007 season, Woodhead is the all-time collegiate record holder with an average of 190.97 yards per game rushing and became the first player in college annals to rush for over 200 yards in a game 18 times in a career.

Woodhead's average of 15.57 points scored per game is a Division II all-time record and ranks second overall in collegiate annals. His 576 points scored are the second-most by a college player and his 7,066 yards rushing rank second in Division II history. His 8,374 all-purpose yards are the third-most in a career by a Division II athlete and ranks seventh overall in the entire collegiate ranks. His average of 226.32 all-purpose yards per game is the second-best Division II career total.

The speedy tailback also holds the national collegiate record for most yards rushing in a season (2,756 in 2006), as his 3,159 all-purpose yards that year set a Division II season-record and rank third on the overall college annual record books. His 228 points scored in 2006 is a Division II record and were third overall in college football. His 34 touchdowns rushing in 2006 also set a Division II record. Of his scoring runs, 31 covered 25 yards or more, including 16 touchdown runs of at least 60 yards.

Woodhead was also an excellent student, graduating with a 3.9 grade point average for North Platte High School. One of the more highly decorated athletes in the state, he earned Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year honors and was named offensive captain of the Omaha World-Herald's and Lincoln Journal Star's All-Class and All-State teams, in addition to being chosen Huskerland Prep Report's Player of the Year.

The World-Herald and Journal Star also selected him as their 2003-04 High School Male Athlete of the Year. He rushed for 2,037 yards and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career with 4,891 yards and 76 touchdowns on the ground, both Class A state records. He also amassed 6,527 all-purpose yards. In basketball, he was the state leading scorer his senior season, averaging 26 points per game.

Woodhead became the fourth family member to enroll at Chadron State in 2004. He followed his father, Mark (1978, '80), uncle, Kent (1976-78), and brother, Ben (2002-05) into the Eagles' program. He made an instant impact, earning All-American first-team honors from D2Football.com and second-team accolades from Football Gazette and Daktronics. The All-Southwest Region choice was also named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Offensive Freshman of the Year.

As a freshman, Woodhead lead the NCAA Division II ranks in rushing (184.0 yards per game), scoring (16.2 points per game) and all-purpose yardage (208.7 yards per game). He started eight of 10 games, piling up 1,840 yards with 25 touchdowns on 284 carries (6.5-yard average). He gained 163 yards with two scores on 16 catches (10.2 avg) and 84 yards on five kickoff returns (16.8 avg). He amassed 2,087 all-purpose yards ands scored 162 points, turning the ball over twice on four fumbles.

As a sophomore, Woodhead appeared in 10 games, earning consensus All-American honors, in addition to being named the RMAC Offensive and Running Back Player of the Year. He finished second nationally with 176.9 yards per game rushing and 215.3 all-purpose yards. He also finished fifth in the nation by scoring an average of 12.6 points per game.

In 2005, he carried 278 times for 1,769 yards (6.4-yard average) and 21 touchdowns, including a 91-yarder that was the second-longest run from scrimmage in school history. He led the team with 30 receptions for 367 yards (12.2 avg) and completed one pass attempt for a two-yard loss. He scored 126 points and piled up 2,153 all-purpose yards on 308 touches. He also turned the ball over twice on four fumbles.

The unanimous All-American and All-RMAC pick was again selected the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. He led the Division II ranks in rushing (212.0 yards per game), all-purpose yardage (243.0 yards per game) and scoring (17.5 points per game). He set a single-season record with 2,756 yards on 344 carries (8.0-yard average) and set a Division II mark with 34 touchdowns. He finished second on the team with 45 catches for 403 yards (9.0 avg) and four scores, setting a Division II record by scoring 228 points, the second-highest season total in all of college football. He touched the ball 389 times for an NCAA Division II record 3,159 yards. He also turned the ball over five times on eight fumbles.

In 37 games at Chadron State, Woodhead started 35 contests. He carried 1,008 times for 7,066 yards (7.0-yard average), the second-highest total in Division II history. He ran for 89 touchdowns and averaged a Division II record 190.97 yards per game on the ground. He made 104 catches for 1,207 yards (11.6 avg) and seven scores and had five kickoff returns for 84 yards (16.8 avg). He attempted 1-of-2 passes for minus-2 yards and ranks second in Division II annals with 576 points scored. On 1,107 touches, he totaled 8,374 all-purpose yards, ranking second in Division II history (fifth overall) with an average of 226.32 yards per game. He also turned the ball over 10 times on 17 fumbles.

Analysis

Positives: Has a solidly built frame with good lower-body thickness and good upper-body muscle tone … Has the second gear to make the initial tackler miss and the leg drive to break arm tackles … Shifty runner with the loose hips and vision to locate and redirect to the cutback lanes … Takes plays from the chalkboard to the field with no problem … Alert to stunts and blitzes, but is more effective as a cut blocker than in-line blocker … Has taken well to his role of mentoring younger players … Runs with a low pad level, squaring his shoulders to power his way through trash (not just a perimeter runner) … Has the balance and burst to separate after the catch … Has good quickness through the hole and keeps his feet when redirecting, as he can cut on a dime to get upfield … Shows the second-level vision to extend runs and does a nice job of locating the soft area in the zone to settle underneath as a receiver … Runs with good patience and keeps his body moving forward to gain extra yardage after the initial hit … As an outside runner, he has good vision and balance, identifying threats quickly … Lacks the size to take the ball up the middle regularly at the next level, but keeps his pad level down, feet churning and shoulders square to fight for more yardage … Natural hands catcher who will extend for the ball outside the frame … Is used mostly on controlled routes, but has the acceleration to take the ball up the seam and looks smooth catching the ball over his outside shoulder … Has nifty head fakes and hip swerve to separate after the catch … Good contact seeker who takes good angles to stalk second-level defenders … His speed and ability to redirect could make him an efficient tackler on the coverage units.

Negatives: Lacks the ideal height you look for in a tailback and needs to increase his overall bulk to absorb punishment at the next level … Has short arms (28 3/8-inches) that pose problems when trying to get to the pass at its high point and engage defensive linemen or blitzing linebackers in pass pro … Adequate cut blocker, but can be walked back into the pocket by a strong bull rush … Leader-by-example type, but needs to get more vocal on the field … Has a sudden burst through the hole, but needs to maintain that acceleration more on long runs (can get caught from behind) … Gets engulfed by bigger defenders when trying to run up the gut and while he shows good cutback agility, he will try to barrel his way past the pile and get caught behind the line of scrimmage as a result … Ball-security issues were a problem as a junior (turned it over five times on eight fumbles), as he needs to do a better job of distributing the ball away from the defender and shielding it better when he hits the ground … Has natural hands as a pass catcher and can get to the ball outside his frame, but needs to run crisper routes (will round his cuts) … Might be better suited as a situational performer, but with a lack of return skills, his size will pose a liability on the return units.

Compares To: GARRETT WOLFE-Chicago … Woodhead is much stronger than Wolfe, but both compensate for a lack of size with exceptional quickness, balance and body control. Woodhead is comparable to former Kansas City tailback Greg Pruitt, an efficient controlled-route receiver with enough burst to challenge the deep secondary. Due to a lack of return skills, he will be limited to situational duties in the NFL until he improves his overall bulk and strength. With his shiftiness and work ethic, he is a potential second-day find.

Career Notes

Encompassing all levels of college football, Woodhead holds the NCAA career-record with an average of 190.97 yards per game rushing, topping the previous mark of 190.65 yards by Arnold Mickens of Division 1-AA Butler (1994-95; 3,813 in 20 games) and the old DII record of 183.37 yards by Anthony Gray of Western New Mexico (1997-98; 3,484 in 19 games) … His average of 15.57 points scored per game broke the Division II all-time record of 13.5 points by Antoine Bagwell of California (Pa.) (2004-05, 270 points in 20 games) and ranks second overall to Tony Sutton of Division III Wooster (16.0 points, from 2002-04; 480 points in 30 games) … His total of 576 points scored rank second in college annals to Germaine Race of Pittsburg State (656 points, 2003-06) … Woodhead's 7,066 yards rushing rank second in collegiate history to R.J. Bowers of Division III Grove City (7,353 yards, 1997-2000) and broke the old Division II all-time record of 6,985 yards by Germaine Race … His 8,374 all-purpose yards rank third in Division II history behind Brian Shay of Emporia State (9,301 yards, 1995-98) and Kavin Gailliard of American International (8,858 yards, 1996-99) and rank seventh overall in the college football record books … His average of 226.32 all-purpose yards per game rank second in DII annals, surpassed only by Chris George of Glenville State (234.0-yard average, 4,679 yards in 20 games, 1993-94) and rank fifth overall at the collegiate level … His 2,756 yards rushing in 2006 set a college football overall record, topping the old mark of 2,653 yards by Kavin Gailliard of American International in 1999 … The only other college running back to rush for over 2,600 yards in a season was Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State (2,628 in 1988) … Set the Division II season-record with 34 touchdowns rushing, topping the old mark of 33 by Ian Smart of C.W. Post in 2001 … The only players to run for more touchdowns in a season in college football history was Barry Sanders of Division 1-A Oklahoma State (37 in 1988), Danny Pugh of Division III Mount Union (35 in 2002) and Chris Sharpe of Division III Springfield (35 in 2006) … His 228 points scored in 2006 set an NCAA Division II season-record and rank third overall in college football history to Sanders' 234 in 1988 and Pugh's 248 in 2002 … Holds the college football all-time record by rushing for over 200 yards in 18 of the 37 games he played in … His 3,159 all-purpose yards in 2006 surpassed the previous DII season-record of 3,064 yards by Kavin Gailliard of American International in 1999 and rank third overall in the collegiate ranks behind Barry Sanders' 3,250 yards in 1988 and Dan Pugh's 3,189 yards in 2002 … Needs just 299 more yards rushing in 2007 to become the sixth player in NCAA Division II history to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons, joining Johnny Bailey of Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville, 1986-89); Jeremy Monroe of Michigan Tech (1990-93); Jarrett Anderson of Truman (1993-96); Damian Beane of Shepherd (1996-99) and Chris Washington of Concordia-St. Paul (2000-03) … Woodhead's 25 touchdowns rushing in 2004 set an NCAA Division II season-record for freshmen and his average of 184.0 yards per game on the ground that year also set a DII freshman season-record.

2007 Season

Unanimous preseason All-American and All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first-team preseason selection … Through four games, Woodhead leads the nation with an average of 243.8 all-purpose yards per game and ranks third in the Division II ranks with 175.3 yards rushing and 15 points scored per game … Carried 102 times for 701 yards (6.9-yard average) and nine touchdowns, including an 89-yard run … Caught 13 passes for 274 yards (21.1 avg) and an 85-yard score … Totaled 60 points while amassing 975 all-purpose yards … Turned the ball over once on a fumble … Ran for over 200 yards for the 18th time in his career vs. Washburn in the season opener (290 yards).

2006 Season

Consensus All-American and unanimous All-Rocky mountain Athletic Conference first-team choice … Recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in the NCAA Division II ranks … RMAC Offensive Player of the Year and earned league Player of the Week honors seven times … Selected National Player of the Week five times by Football Gazette and four times by D2Football.com … Led the nation with an average of 212.0 yards rushing, 243.0 all-purpose yards and 17.5 points per game … Set Division II season-records with 2,756 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground, 228 points scored and 3,159 all-purpose yards … His 2,756 yards rushing also set an overall college football season-record … Carried 344 times, as he averaged a school record 8.0 yards with a long of 88 yards … Second on the team with 45 receptions for 403 yards (9.0-yard average) and four scores, including a long of 43 … Scored 228 points and attempted one pass vs. West Texas A&M … Turned the ball over five times on eight fumbles … Touched the ball 389 times for 3,159 all-purpose yards … Broke his CSC single-game rushing record by gaining 324 yards vs. Wayne State and had other games of 301, 274, 273, 252, 245, 215 and 205 yards … Scored at least two touchdowns in every game.

2005 Season

Consensus All-American selection, adding All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first-team accolades, along with earning RMAC Offensive Player and Running Back of the Year recognition … Ranked second in the Division II ranks in rushing (176.9 yards per game) and all-purpose yardage (215.3 yards per game) and finished fifth nationally in scoring with a 12.61-point average … Led the team with 278 carries for 1,769 yards (6.4 avg) and 21 touchdowns in 21 games … Paced the squad with 30 receptions for 367 yards (12.0 avg) and completed one pass attempt for a two-yard loss … Scored 126 points and touched the ball 308 times for 2,153 all-purpose yards … Turned the ball over twice on four fumbles.

2004 Season

Consensus All-American choice and All-RMAC first-team pick … Named National Freshman Offensive Player of the Year by The NFL Draft Report and RMAC Offensive Freshman of the Year … Started eight of 10 games, setting an NCAA Division II record with an average of 184.0 yards per game rushing (led the nation), breaking the old mark of 174.5 yards by Johnny Bailey of Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) in 1986 … Tied Bailey's Division II freshman record with five games of at least 200 yards rushing … Also led the DII ranks with an average of 208.7 all-purpose yards and 16.2 points scored per game … Carried 284 times for 1,840 yards (6.5-yard average) and 25 touchdowns … Fifth on the team with 16 receptions for 163 yards (10.2 avg) and a pair of scores … Scored 162 points and returned five kickoffs for 84 yards (16.8 avg) … On 305 plays, he amassed 2,087 all-purpose yards … Turned the ball over twice on four fumbles.

Injury Report

2006: Held out of spring drills due to two bulging discs in his back.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash (electronic) … 4.41 in the 40-yard dash (hand-held) … 6.45 in the 55-meters, 6.88 in the 60-meters and 22.73 in the 200-meters … 315-pound bench press … 400-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 33 1/2-inch vertical jump … 28 3/8-inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 29/38 Wonderlic score.

Track

Competed on the Chadron State indoor track team during the 2006-07 seasons … At the RAMAC indoor Championships (2/24/06), he won the 55-meter dash with a 6.45 clocking and captured the 60-meter dash title (6.88) at the Joe Davies' Open (1/21/06) … Finished third in the 200-meter dash (22.73) at the Prairie Wolf Invitational (2/17/06) … placed fourth in the 55-meter dash at the Dave Little Invitational (2/22/07) and was fourth in the 60-meter dash (6.98) at the RMAC Indoor Championships (2/23/07).

High School

Attended North Platte (Neb.) High School, playing football for head coach Bob Zohner … Was an excellent student, graduating with a 3.9 grade point average … Earned Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year honors and was named offensive captain of the Omaha World-Herald's and Lincoln Journal Star's All-Class and All-State teams, in addition to being chosen Huskerland Prep Report's Player of the Year … The World-Herald and Journal Star also selected him as their 2003-04 High School Male Athlete of the Year … Rushed for 2,037 yards and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career with 4,891 yards and 76 touchdowns on the ground, both Class A state records … Amassed 6,527 all-purpose yards … In basketball, he was the state's leading scorer his senior season, averaging 26 points a game.

Personal

Math Education major, earning school and conference academic honors with a 3.72 grade point average … Became the fourth family member to enroll at Chadron State in 2004. He followed his father, Mark (1978, '80), uncle, Kent (1976-78), and brother, Ben (2002-05) into the Eagles' program … Because of his outstanding accomplishments in high school, he became the first Chadron State football player to receive ""a full ride"" scholarship … Born 1/25/85 … Resides in North Platte, Nebraska.

 
 

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