#9 Darnell Woods | Defensive Back
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Previous School: Baker University
Major: Sport Communication
2013 AFCA-NAIA First Team All-America
2013 GPAC Defensive Player of the Year
2013 First Team All-GPAC
2013 Beyond Sports Network First Team All-America
2013 Participant in D2 vs. NAIA Challenge
2012 First Team All-GPAC
2011 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
The hard-hitting Woods became the first Bulldog ever to earn GPAC Defensive Player of the Year honors ... posted a career high 88 tackles (52 solo) to go along with one tackle for loss, one interception, two pass break ups, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal ... led Concordia in tackles in five of 11 games ... totaled 10 or more tackles in five games ... notched a career high 17 stops vs. Morningside on 11-2-13 ... made 13 tackles vs. Doane on 10-26-13 ... intercepted a pass in the victory at William Jewell on 9-5-13 ... finished career with 190 tackles, six tackles for loss, nine pass break ups, six interceptions and one interception return for a touchdown.
Woods became Concordia's biggest playmaker on defense after moving from corner to safety early in the season...led the Bulldogs with five interceptions and 176 interception return yards...made 58 total tackles (39 solo, 19 assisted), 2.5 for loss and broke up four passes...returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown in Concordia's loss at Doane on 10-10-12...posted a new career best with 13 tackles (11 solo) at Nebraska Wesleyan on 10-13-12...picked off two passes in the Bulldogs' win at Briar Cliff on 10-6-12...named First Team All-GPAC.
Made an impact defensively and on special teams for the Bulldogs during his sophomore season in 2011...made 44 total tackles with three tackles for loss during the year...forced a fumble and recovered a fumble and added three pass break ups...also blocked three kicks during the year...made career-high eight tackles twice (at Midland on 10-29-11 and vs. Doane College on 11-12-11...blocked two kicks vs. Briar Cliff on 10-8-11...earned honorable mention All-GPAC honors.
Prepped at Tolleson Union high school for three years under coach Rich Wellbrock ... He earned two varsity letters while starting for the Wolverines ... He was team captain for one year ... His senior year he was awared All-Arizona second team ... He also ran track for four years and played basketball for three.
Born on January 12 in Yokouska, Japan ... Son of Curtis Woods and Lydia Woods ... Has three brothers ... Derrick played football and ran track for Concordia ... Darvin is currently on the football team with Darnell