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#5 Connor Wood
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
Year: Junior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Second Baptist/Texas
Experience: 1 Letter
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AT COLORADO: 2013 (Jr.)-He saw action in seven games, including starts in the five games of the year; he had entered fall camp listed atop the depth chart at quarterback, but the competition continued into two-a-days and he was named the starter midway through camp. He completed 105-of-199 passes for 1,103 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions (two were off tipped passes). He etched his name into the CU record book after setting the school best for passer rating with 40 or more attempts in game with a 166.3 number versus Colorado State (33-of-46, 400 yards, 3 TD); he was the runner-up for the Sugar Bowl-Manning Award Star of the Week. He threw for 341 yards in CU’s next game versus Central Arkansas, tying Koy Detmer for the most 300-yard passing games back-to-back in school annals (two) while throwing for the third most passing yards in two consecutive games (741) and the fourth-most for three games (887). He was selected as one of six team captains (by his teammates) and was one of 35 players on the official watch list for the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is presented to the nation’s top offensive player with ties to the state of Texas. The coaches named him the recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award on two occasions, after the season (co-recipient) and following spring ball; it is given to the player who exhibits outstanding leadership. He was solid during spring drills, as in the four main scrimmages, he completed 36-of-56 passes for 589 yards and five touchdowns (no interceptions), a rating of 182.1. With him transferring from Texas and CU’s coaching change, in his fourth year of college football, he had three different head coaches and four different offensive coordinators (two at each stop).

2012 (Soph.-RS)-He played in seven games in 2012, including one start (against Washington); he completed 21-of-42 passes for 265 yards (one touchdown, four interceptions) on the season. His best games came against Stanford and Arizona, when he completed 4-of-7 passes in both games; he threw for 66 yards against the Cardinal and for 90 versus the Wildcats. He was on the throwing end of a 71-yard touchdown pass to Scott Fernandez at Arizona, the latter’s first career reception and CU’s second longest play from scrimmage for the year. In his one start against UW, he was 3-of-6 for 11 yards with two interceptions. He was sacked just three times over the course of the season, but did not suit for two games (UCLA, Arizona State) after suffering a rib contusion in practice on September 25. He ended spring drills atop the depth chart, as he basically had the most first-team reps after Nick Hirschman went down with a foot injury, and was in a three-way battle for the starting position the first two weeks of practices in August camp. In the spring, he completed 31-of-55 passes for 509 yards (6 TD/1 INT) with a 166.5 passer rating in the main spring scrimmages (he was sacked just once).

2011 (Fr.-RS)-He transferred to Colorado from the University of Texas the first week of school, in time to start his Colorado “clock” so he would be eligible for the 2012 season. He saw a lot of scout team duty since he was ineligible to play.

AT TEXAS: 2010 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced at quarterback the entire fall after being one of four players battling for the starting position. He enrolled at UT in January (’10) after graduating from high school early and after starting in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio (3-of-5, 56 yards, 1 TD).

HIGH SCHOOL-As a senior, he earned All-America honors from most of the recruiting services, including SuperPrep and PrepStar; Rivals ranked him as the third best pro-style quarterback in the nation (No. 1 in Texas), also ranking him as the No. 113 player overall in the nation on its Rivals 250 List and as the 16th best player on its Texas 100. Lone Star Recruiting ranked him as the top quarterback in the state, and the No. 15 player overall. Invited to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-America Bowl, he was the starting quarterback for the West team (throwing for a touchdown on the second series of the game). He was a three-time All-State selection (second-team as a senior, honorable mention sophomore and junior) and a three-time first-team TAPPS All-District Division II-4 performer (sophomore through senior seasons). A four-year starter for Houston Second Baptist, he had 9,899 yards of total offense and accounted for 110 touchdowns in his prep career, passing for 8,417 yards and 73 TDs while rushing for 1,482 yards and 37 scores. He broke the all-time passing yards record by a private school quarterback, surpassing the previous mark set over 20 years earlier by former Denver Bronco quarterback (and former Houston Texan head coach) Gary Kubiak. As a senior, he passed for 2,669 yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 688 and 13, respectively; he was the private school Texas Ford Player of the Week after passing for 222 yards and two TDs and rushing for 50 yards and two more scores in a 29-6 win over Houston Lutheran South. He threw for 2,248 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, when he had 405 yards and 17 TDs rushing, with 2,200 yards and 24 TDs passing and 389/7 rushing as a sophomore; he had 1,300 yards and 10 TDs passing as a freshman. Under coach Mike Sneed, Second Baptist was 8-5 his senior year, 9-3 his junior season (district champions) and 8-4 his sophomore campaign (co-district champs), reaching the second round of the state playoffs all three years; under coach Jon Guthrie, SBHS was 4-6 his freshman year. He also lettered three times in basketball (forward, helping Second Baptist to a 76-29 record his frosh through junior seasons), two times in golf and twice in track for a total of 11 as a prep.

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Business (Finance) at Colorado. He earned first-team Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors as a sophomore and junior. At Texas, he was a two-time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and in high school, he was on the Honor Roll his freshman through senior years.

PERSONAL-He was born November 8, 1991 in Wichita, Kan. His hobbies include fly-fishing, golf and playing with his family’s two dogs (Coach and Tanner). His father (Jeff) was a professional race car driver, and an older brother (Jeff Wood II) played quarterback at Texas A&M (2006-09). He thrives on performing community service, including volunteer work at the Star of Hope in Houston, a Chris-centered homeless shelter meeting the needs daily of over 1,000 men, women and children. He is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and will be CU’s student chapter leader beginning this fall (Sept. 2013) and also leads team Bible studies.

    PASSING RUSHING
Season
G
Att
Com
Int
Pct
Yds
TD
Long
Att
Yds
Avg
TD
Long
2012
7
42
21
4
50.0
265
1
71t
10
-13
-1.3
0
6
2013
7
157
84
7
53.5
1,103
8
82t
22
0
0.0
0
19
Totals
14
199
105
11
52.8
1,368
9
82t
32
-13
-0.4
0
19

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-NCAA Rating: 114.4 (career), 91.8 (2012); 120.4 (2013).
Sacked/Yards Lost: 3/25 (2012); 10/79 (2013).

 

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