Last year, a marked play that partly caused the loss for Texas football to Oklahoma State was the fourth down conversion for a touchdown to tight end Jelani Woods. He caught one of his two career receiving touchdowns in that three-point win over Texas at home last season.
As a converted former quarterback that stands at a towering 6-foot-7, Woods is a challenge to deal with in terms of blocking and in the receiving game. Woods has a more complex route tree at the outset of the regular season and could become more of an integral part of the Oklahoma State offense heading into Big 12 play.
Yet’s, there’s no telling what head coach Mike Gundy and former Princeton offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson will come out with to utilize the immense size of Woods against the Longhorns this week. Woods can be used in almost any package and maneuvers between the backfield and the line of scrimmage before the snap.
So far this season, Woods doesn’t have more than one reception that came for zero yards. This seems like a trick that Gundy would like to keep up his sleeve. But watch out for Oklahoma State to try and utilize their sizable tight end as a matchup problem against this young set of Texas linebackers and defensive backs.