Rice -- Sturdy lineman who matured into a solid performer on the collegiate level.
2006: Hard working force in the middle of the Owls defensive line who made a total of four starts at nose guard.....earned All C-USA Honorable Mention recognition by conference coaches....posted at least one tackle in 12 of 13 games.....posted career-highs with five tackles for 17 yards lost, including his first two career sacks (loss of 13 yards)...first sack was against Tulane and the second at UCF.
2005: Started the first six games of the season before exiting with an injury... Had 19 tackles (11 primary), including one for a one-yard loss vs. East Carolina... Had a career-high equaling six stops at Texas.
2004: Played in all 11 games as a reserve on the interior D-line... Had 12 tackles (six primary) on the season, including two for five yards in losses... Had the TFLs against Fresno State and Louisiana Tech... Had a season-high four tackles at Texas.
2003: Earned his first letter by playing in all 12 games (five starts) as a redshirt freshman... Credited with 31 tackles (15 primary)... Had a career-high six tackles in three games (San Jose State, Navy and SMU).
High School -- 2002 graduate of Garrison High near Nacogdoches... Two-way Class 2A all-state selection as a defensive lineman and offensive tackle for coach Jimmy Thompson... District 23-2A's offensive MVP as a senior in 2001, leading the Bulldogs to a 12-4 record and the championship game of the Division II playoffs... Three-time first-team all-district selection... Helped team compiled 38 wins and four playoff appearances in his four years as a varsity letterman... One of the state's top prospects according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine... Also a four-year letterman in track... Regional qualifier in the weight events as a junior... Three-year letterman in power-lifting... Academic all-state... Four-year member of UIL science team... Activities include student council (two years as parliamentarian) and Beta Club... Carried a 97.4 GPA as a member of the honor roll.
Personal -- Full Name: William Thomas Wood... Born: May 30, 1984, at Little Rock, Ark... Parents: Lynn and Janna Wood, Garrison (one brother, one sister)... Rice Major: sports medicine... College: Martel.