WVU Football: Does J.D. Woods Get the Credit He Deserves?

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIOctober 3, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  J.D. Woods #81 of the West Virginia Mountaineers makes a one handen catch in the second half against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  WVU defeated Baylor 70-63.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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How often does a receiver who catches 13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown get overlooked?

Well, it happened Saturday afternoon when the No. 8 West Virginia football team faced the No. 25 Baylor Bears in Morgantown.

Who was this player you ask?  Well, it was redshirt senior J.D. Woods

Woods had an incredible day as the third option behind receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey for quarterback Geno Smith.

The elusive WVU receiver could have been overlooked due to the stellar play of Austin and Bailey—a duo that combined for 518 receiving yards in Saturday's shootout.

Woods has stepped up for the Mountaineers when they have needed him in this style of offense.  The redshirt senior already has more catches than the previous three seasons.

Thus far, Woods has 27 receptions for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

In his West Virginia career, the 6'1", 189-pound wide receiver has 52 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns. In the second-best performance of the season, Woods has seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.

On Saturday, Woods' last catch was arguably the most important of any player in the wild and crazy game.

While the Mountaineers were up by a touchdown, Smith threw a pass that sailed behind Woods, but the redshirt senior was able to make an amazing one-handed catch that saved the day for WVU.

If it wasn't for that catch, a Baylor defensive back could have very well taken it to the house for a pick-six.  The Bears could have tied the game within the final minutes.

So, Mountaineer Nation, you could have possibly found a third option on offense with Woods.

The kid has gotten his chance to shine.  You better believe he's not looking back.