Steamboat Springs senior to play football for CU
April 26, 2009
Steamboat Springs — Alex Wood isn’t thinking in the short term.
The Steamboat Springs High School senior realizes it might be two, three or even four years before he contributes on the field for the University of Colorado football team.
But Wood – a two-time all-state selection and the Sailors leading receiver the past two seasons – just wants the chance to continue playing his favorite sport.
That’s why Wood accepted a preferred walk-on spot with Colorado, turning down similar offers from Colorado State University and Kansas State University.
Wood also had opportunities – though a little bit more risky – to continue his career in baseball. Still, in the end, Wood opted for his favorite sport.
“It’s what I really like the most,” Wood said. “Everyone kept saying go with what you love to play.”
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Wood narrowed his choices down to Colorado and Colorado State before getting a firmer offer from Colorado and choosing the Buffs.
He’s been told he’ll play the H-back position, a quasi-tight-end and fullback role that goes in motion before the snap. Although he hasn’t talked to the defensive coaches at Colorado, Wood said there is a possibility of him changing to the defensive side of the ball, probably to linebacker or defensive end.
One of the big selling points for Wood was he was used offensively in much the same way in Steamboat Springs’ offensive system.
“The way we run that position is close to a college offense,” Steamboat football coach Aaron Finch said. “He’ll be able to come in (and) adjust to the motioning and getting leverage on his blocks.”
Finch, who coached Wood for the last three years on the varsity team, said he preached to Division I coaches about Wood’s intangibles.
He said in nearly every game, Wood would make a play just based on instincts. That’s why Finch thinks by the time Wood is done, he has a chance to be a big contributor.
“There are so many good things you could say about Alex,” Finch said. “Being a three-sport, all-league player shows his athletic ability. Going back to his sophomore year, when we were in a close game, there was nobody you wanted touching the ball other than Woody.”
Wood, currently at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, said he hopes to get up to 235 or 245 pounds by Christmas.
He knows he’ll most likely spend his first year redshirting and on the scout team.
“I know there’s no possibility of playing next year,” he said. “In the meantime, I’m worried about getting the team better. If I get five years, hopefully I’m playing in three years.”
Wood plans on studying sports medicine and intends on getting into coaching when his eligibility is done.
Still, at least for Finch, Colorado isn’t just getting a guy to fill numbers. Finch said from getting to know Wood and seeing him play the past three seasons, Colorado could be looking at a key contributor a few years down the line.
Wood will attend the first day of two-a-day practices Aug. 5.
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