Jags Lose Woodson For Season
South Alabama’s season just got a bit tougher. One of the Jags big play receivers, Danny Woodson Jr, will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles suffered in the Jags 17-16 loss on Saturday.
Woodson transferred to South Alabama from the University of Alabama in May and applied for a waiver to play immediately, which was granted.
On the second to last series for the Jaguars, he was playing away from the ball and had to come to the sideline in apparent pain.
His big play ability will be missed by the Jaguars offense. Against Texas State he scored on touchdown receptions of 42 and 43 yards as the Jags came back to take the lead, but were eventually defeated by a field goal with four seconds remaining.
Woodson is the Jaguars fourth-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 409 yards and four touchdowns. He is the third leading scorer with 24 points. However his threat as a downfield receiver cannot be measured. When Texas State attempted to cover him in man-to-man, Woodson made them pay with five receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. But when he does pull double-coverage it has opened Shavarez Smith and other receivers to draw one-on-one coverage for some big play opportunities.
The coaches will have two weeks to work on their offensive plan without Woodson as they get ready for the home stretch of their season. With four games remaining, the Jags will host the top two teams in the Sun Belt in Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe with a trip to Atlanta to play the last place team in the conference, Georgia State, sandwiched in between. But before those final three conference games, the Jags will travel to Annapolis to face the Naval Academy who lost to Notre Dame 38-34 on Saturday.
University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron tweeted his support to his hometown team.
S/O to South Alabama Fball team for a awesome year so far. I know there has been tough losses but stay to the grind & they will turn to W’s
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) November 4, 2013
Achilles heel injuries typically requires about six months to heal. Former Jaguar linebacker Jake Johnson also suffered a ruptured Achilles on the same field back in January during his first practice session for the Senior Bowl.