|Posted by Russell on December 28, 2016 at 12:15 AM|
Vanderbilt redshirt junior TE DeAndre Woods announced via Twitter that he will graduate and transfer to another program for next season. Woods has struggled with injuries throughout his career and appeared in just one game this season. The six-foot-three Birmingham native finishes his Commodore career with seven receptions for 127 yards in 12 games played.
This season has been a blessing and having the opportunity to be apart of that blessing is amazing and I will cherish that brother hood!! pic.twitter.com/DITVxmpzH8
— DeAndre Woods (@FlyboyWoods) December 27, 2016
Woods showed promise early in the 2015 season before tearing his ACL in the Austin Peay game on September 19. He had 57 yards receiving against Georgia one week earlier, and had a 45-yard catch against the Governors before suffering the knee injury.
He will graduate from Vanderbilt in May with a degree in Communications. Because he has completed his undergraduate work, Woods will be free to transfer to any FBS or FCS program and will be eligible immediately. It is unclear if Woods will have one or two years of eligibility remaining, and that may depend on whether or not he receives a medical redshirt for this season.
It is likely that Woods will transfer to a smaller program in order to get more significant playing time. The Commodores roster currently lists eight tight ends, although the graduation of Sean Dowling and the transfer of Woods will bring that number to six. Jared Pinkney, Sam Dobbs, and Nathan Marcus will anchor Vanderbilt's tight end group next season, while Kyle Anderton, Turner Cockrell, and Cody Markel will look to crack into the rotation.
DeAndre Woods, pictured here in 2015 against Austin Peay, will graduate from Vandy and transfer to another program.
Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Athletics.