By John Wickline
MORGANTOWN - The versatility of receiver J.D. Woods has become evident through the early part of August practice, running inside routes, outside routes and even serving a brief spell on the scout team as academic issues clouded his future.
But Woods reached the required classroom standard, and he is back at outside receiver, the same place he ended the 2011 season as the starter.
"The academic people (in the football office) are doing a good job," West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday. "There were a couple of guys I had some very serious reservations about. I think we're in the clear. It's the first miracle of the year."
Woods caught seven passes for 67 yards in nine games last season for WVU.
"He finished the year last year as the starting outside guy," Holgorsen said. "We moved him inside (this summer) because we need some inside guys. But with the emergence of (freshman) Jordan Thompson playing at a high level, (Thompson) took the (inside) spot and ran with it.
"We feel better at inside receiver with him and Tavon (Austin) than we did at the outside receiver spot, so we moved J.D back out because he was more productive."
Thompson appears to be the only freshman receiver who has ventured into two-deep rotation in the receiving corps. K.J. Myers and Dante Campbell, however, have turned some heads.
"K.J. Myers is playing well, doing a good job," Holgorsen said. "Dante Campbell is doing some good things. He's a physical kid. Both of those guys a year ago were just like the freshmen we have out there right now. They are more physical just because they ate a lot and lifted a lot.
"Those guys are physically ready to play. We have to keep evaluating the other guys to see who else we can put in there."
Holgorsen said he was pleased with the downfield blocking of Myers and Campbell.
"It's something we've worked hard on," Holgorsen said. "They're physical guys who can block downfield."
Still, Holgorsen has some concerns about the receivers' ability to go down field and clear a path.
"Is it ready for prime time? Probably not yet," the coach said. "We have had the ability to throw a lot of screens, and I don't care whether it's Jordan Thompson, Tavon or Stedman Bailey, you need to get out there and handle an outside linebacker."