SEC's most productive returning deep threat hits the transfer portal: Mike Woods leaving Arkansas
Looking ahead to the 2021 season, Arkansas was poised to have arguably the best receiving corps in the entire Southeastern Conference.
While that still could be the case, the Razorbacks’ receiving corps just took a huge hit as Mike Woods has announced he will leave the program as a graduate transfer.
“I think God for blessing me with my talents, health, and the position he’s given me,” Woods posted. “Thank you to the University of Arkansas, my coaches, all of my teammates, and most certainly the state of Arkansas and the Razorbacks fans. I love you all and I am very thankful for the love I have been shown over the past three years. You guys mean so much to me. With that being said, I am entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. WP4L.”
This news comes after Woods caught 32 passes for 619 yards and five touchdowns last season. His average of 19.3 yards per reception was the best among all returning receivers in the SEC this season and ranked third-best in the conference last season behind only Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle and Ole Miss’ Kenny Yeboah — both of which have left school for the NFL.
The timing of this news certainly is interesting as Woods had impressed during spring practice in Fayetteville and was even featured by the team’s social media account leading up to the spring game.
Woods started in the spring game and scored the first touchdown of the game by hauling in a pass from KJ Jefferson.
One team to keep an eye on regarding Woods’ next stop could be South Carolina, where the Gamecocks have a huge need at the receiver position and former Arkansas receiver coach Justin Stepp now coaches the same position in Columbia.
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) April 3, 2021