Oklahoma Sooners football: Derrick Woods kicked off team


Bob Stoops announced on Tuesday that sophomore wide receiver Derrick Woods has been removed from the team indefinitely.

Stoops said Woods was removed for violating team rules. Stoops would not elaborate more than that.

Woods is more predominantly known for his big third down catch against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl as a freshman. However, as a sophomore, he’s been on the sideline more often. After appearing in 11 games as a freshman, he’s appeared in just four games due to battling an ankle injury all season.

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Woods has two career receptions.

The 4-star recruit from Inglewood, Calif., never found himself in the top half of the depth chart after having to battle receivers like Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal. He was eventually passed up by KJ Young, a redshirt freshman this season.

The dismissal leaves Oklahoma with at least eight other wide receivers left on the depth chart.

Though the team’s official stance is violation of team rules, sources are telling us that Woods is being dismissed off the team due to allegedly stealing items from teammates.  This all happened over Thanksgiving break while the players were visiting family.

Woods allegedly broke into Neal and Shepard’s apartment and stole shoes and clothes from the two teammates. Wide Receivers coach Jay Norvell is trying to get the items back before they involve the police sources say.

Sources will remain nameless, but they are pretty confident in what they’ve heard around the athletic department. This is not official information from the athletic department, and is just allegedly based off what sources have heard.

If Woods were to go to another FBS program, he would have to sit out one year as per to NCAA transfer eligibility rules. He would be immediately eligible if he enrolled at an FCS school or a Division II Program. One would expect Woods to return home to California and enroll there.