2018 Season Countdown: #42 J’Marick Woods

2018 Season Countdown: #42 J’Marick Woods


July 17, 2018

J’Marick Woods (image via Twitter)

Name: J’Marick Woods
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 203 lbs.
High school: Florence (AL) Florence
Position: Safety
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #26
Last year: I ranked Woods #54 and said he would be a backup safety and special teamer (LINK). He made one start and totaled 9 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss for the year.
TTB Rating: 80

For a first-year safety at Michigan, Woods had a solid season. Safety is not an easy position to play as a true freshman when the game is moving quickly, the defense gets more complicated, and you have to communicate so much with your teammates while processing everything the opposing team is doing. Luckily for Woods (and Michigan), there were a couple more veteran guys to handle the majority of the snaps, while Woods was able to sit back and learn. He played spot duty before earning a start in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.

This year Woods is roughly in the same spot as last season, but with an extra year of experience under his belt. Starting safeties Josh Metellus and Tyree Kinnel return, and so does utility man Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who has earned a lot of off-season hype. The safeties were the weak spot of the defense last season, however, and Woods could supplant someone like Metellus if he’s unable to improve on his performance from last year. Woods is known as a big hitter, but he needs to work on his coverage before becoming a full-time player. And once Kinnel graduates after the 2018 season, Woods could step into a starting role in 2019.

Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer

2 comments

  1. JC
    Comments: 203
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    JC
    Jul 17, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    I think Woods is the first safety in after Kinnel and Metellus.

    Glasgow could step in, wouldn’t feel as comfortable with him.

    C. Hughes hasn’t played safety.

    J.K.P. I think is a step behind at this point.

    Haven’t heard much about Hawkins.

    Because of the inexperienced depth behind him and only starters in front of him, I have to put Woods comfortably in the 30s, and I would make the argument of going as high as #29.

    • Thunder
      Comments: 2625
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 17, 2018 at 2:44 PM

      To me the thing that prevents him from getting ranked higher is that a) there are a lot of bodies and b) I don’t think the separation between him and the next guy is that great. Maybe he got significantly better in the off-season, but Michigan has guys like Kelly-Powell, Glasgow, Hughes, Myles Sims, Gemon Green, Sammy Faustin, etc. Physically, Woods is a step ahead of those incoming freshmen, but guys like Hughes and Green are already better cover guys.

      The starting safeties are going to be ranked pretty high because there’s not much proven depth behind them, but the backups are muddled a little bit.

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