With “voluntary” winter workouts commencing Tuesday at USC, there was one notable absence — star wide receiver Robert Woods.
A couple of months from now, though, Woods should be good to go as the Trojans begin preparations in earnest for a season that could see a return to the national stage for the program.
Woods, bothered by an ankle issue for all of the 2011 season, underwent arthroscopic surgery in mid-December to repair the damage. The soon-to-be junior told the Orange County Register yesterday that, by the time spring practice rolls around, he expects to be 100-percent healthy.
“No doubt,” Woods said when asked if he would be available for the start of the spring sessions. “I don’t see why not. …
“I’m just trying to play it safe. It’s a long season.”
Despite being hampered by the injury — which occurred during a “basketball incident” last spring — Woods set a single-season school record with 111 receptions, a total that was also fifth in the country. His 15 receiving touchdowns were fifth as well.