Woods was a two time All-State running back at Bluefield High School. He was selected as All-American by Kickoff Magazine. He ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 and also participated in baseball at Bluefield High.

He continued this success at WVU. Woods was the leading rusher for the freshman team with 446 yards on 99 carries and two touchdowns. He was also the leading kickoff return man with 94 yards on four returns. He had his best game in his hometown against Virginia Tech. He gained 218 yards on 29 carries. The following spring, he was the leading rusher in the first intra-squad game with 107 yards on 18 carries. In the final scrimmage, he carried the ball 29 times for 145 yards and one touchdown. He was the only tailback that spring to not miss any drills with an injury. He ran as the number one tailback at times and pushed Owens for the starting spot.

As a sophomore, he started eight games and was the leading rusher on the team with 818 yards on 186 carries. He scored four times on the ground and once on a pass. He also had 71 yards on four catches during the season and also returned four kickoffs for 55 yards. He had his best game against Virginia when he rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns and was selected to the ECAC weekly all-star team for his efforts in that game. He also made the ECAC squad for his work against Virginia Tech. In that game he gained 145 yards against VPI on 14 carries. He scored his lone touchdown on a pass over the middle and scampered 75 yards to tie the game. Going into his junior year, he was listed as the starting tailback after winning the role in the spring by being named the best rusher. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in the opening game against Richmond. He returned to action that spring and was slated to start at tailback his senior year after having an outstanding spring where he gained 199 yards in two spring games. In 1975 he gained 493 yards. He finished10th in career all-purpose running with 1,766 yards. 

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