PHILADELPHIA – Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods got the phone call he has been waiting for Saturday afternoon as the senior was selected in the sixth round as the 191st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Woods becomes the third Bulldog to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft along with Carlos Henderson (Round 3, Pick 82) and Trent Taylor (Round 5, Pick 177), while this marks the second straight year LA Tech has had three players drafted into the NFL. LA Tech now has more NFL draft picks (10) since 2013 than any other team in Conference USA.
In his final season as a Bulldog, Woods registered 89 tackles (60 solo, 29 assisted) and a team-high five interceptions, which ranked first in Conference USA and 13th in the nation in 2016. As a senior, Woods earned All-Conference USA First Team honors, as well as being named C-USA All-Academic for the third consecutive season. Woods became the only player in Conference USA to be both first team all-conference and first team all-academic in three consecutive seasons.
A local product from West Monroe, Woods recorded 14 interceptions in his four years as a Bulldog, which ranks as the third-most in Louisiana Tech history. He finished his collegiate career ranked first in program history with a total of 325 interception return yards, while he also returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2015.
In addition to his impressive ability to pick off opposing quarterbacks, Woods totaled 181 tackles in his career with 20.5 tackles for a loss of 104 yards. He had four sacks in his career, including three of which came during the 2016 football season.
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