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T.J. Woods is entering his fourth season at Utah State and second in charge of the Aggies' offensive line after coaching USU's tight ends and special teams his first two years.
"He's been involved with our offense for a number of years, so he is familiar with what we do and how we do it here at Utah State," USU head coach Gary Andersen said. "Coach Woods is a great recruiter. He's from the Southern California area, and having grown up there and played there so that is his recruiting area and he has used his ties to recruit some high-caliber players to Utah State."
In 2011, the Aggies' offensive line cleared the way for a Utah State offense that established new school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60). Two of the Aggies' first-team all-WAC honorees were offensive linemen as center Tyler Larsen and guard Philip Gapelu collected first-team all-WAC accolades. The offensive line duo are the first pair of Aggie offensive linemen to earn first-team all-conference honors since 1997.
During the 2011 season, Utah State's offense led the WAC and ranked sixth in FBS in rushing offense (282.7 ypg), as well as second in the conference and 20th in the country in total offense (457.3 ypg), along with first in the league and 23rd in the nation in scoring offense (33.6 ppg). The offensive line led USU to ranking second in the WAC and 33rd in Football Bowl Subdivision in sacks allowed, a significant improvement from 2010 when they were ranked 71st in the country.
In 2009 and 2010, Woods coached Utah State's tight ends and kickoff return unit, highlighted by Kerwynn Williams setting several FBS and WAC records, including single-season kickoff return yards (1,444) and single-season kickoff return yards per game (120.3). Williams led the WAC and ranked sixth in FBS in all-purpose yards per game (170.2) and also led the conference and ranked 21st in the country in kickoff return average (27.3), posting the ninth-best single-season all-purpose mark in the WAC with 2,042 yards. Williams was named to Phil Steele's College Football Review first-team all-WAC list at kick returner.
Woods came to Utah State from New Mexico, where he spent two seasons along side current Aggies offensive coordinator Matt Wells.
At New Mexico, Woods mentored junior center Erik Cook, who earned second-team all-Mountain West honors, as well as offensive tackle Byron Bell, who was named to the 2008 CollegeFootballNews.com all-Freshman team.
Cook is currently playing for the Washington Redskins, while Bell is starting on the Carolina Panthers' offensive line.
In 2007, Woods coached center Vince Natali and offensive tackle Devin Clark, who both earned first-team all-MWC accolades. Natali is now entering his first season as an offensive graduate assistant with USU.
Prior to working at New Mexico, Woods was an assistant coach at Citrus Junior College in Glendora, Calif., for one season. At Citrus, he was the offensive line coach/running game coordinator, helping the Fighting Owls to the Western States Conference South Division title.
Woods began his coaching career at his alma mater of Azuza Pacific as the offensive line assistant coach for one season before spending two seasons as tight ends coach. While at Azuza Pacific, Woods helped the Cougars to the NAIA national semifinals, as well as mentoring 2005 NAIA All-American tight end Ricky Burgan.
Woods, a native of San Dimas, Calif., was a two-year letterwinner at offensive tackle at Azuza Pacific, garnering NAIA first-team All-America accolades as well as being named to the first-team Don Hansen's Football Gazette NAIA All-America list in 2002. That season he anchored a Cougar offense that amassed 400 yards per game, ranking 13th in the country and the offensive line unit only gave up 12 sacks all season, the fewest allowed by a Cougar team in six seasons.
Prior to Azuza Pacific, Woods was at Iowa State for one season, signing with the Cyclones after two standout seasons at Citrus College, where he earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America honors in 1999.
Woods earned his bachelor's degree in business from Azuza Pacific in 2002 and his master's degree in physical education in 2005, also from Azuza Pacific.
Woods is married to the former Kelly Williams.
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