FAU’s leading receiver last season, Woods missed all of fall camp following his arrest on two charges of felony battery for his alleged role in an off-campus fight (above video) that landed two fellow FAU students in the hospital.
“(The school) punished him,” coach Lane Kiffin said. “We obviously followed that punishment. We also, on top of that, removed his scholarship so in order to play he had to pay for school and come back on the team as a walk-on. He’s agreed to do that.”
Legally, Woods isn’t off the hook yet. He came off house arrest in mid August but the felony charges are still hanging over his head. Oct. 16 is Woods’ next scheduled court appearance.
Woods caught 68 passes for 934 yards and a touchdown in 2016.
FAU issued a No Trespass order to Woods following the arrest, but rescinded the order two weeks ago, allowing him to re-enroll in classes.
Kiffin learned he would be getting Woods back about 10 days ago – news he said was unexpected. He didn’t immediately re-instate Woods prior to Friday’s season-opener because the Owls were still trying to determine how they were going to handle the situation.
“Because of the timing of it, when the school made their decision and got all their information together, it just felt like maybe a distraction at that point,” Kiffin said. “And also, too, to figure out exactly what we were going to do on top of what they did.”
Kiffin did not specify further penalties for Woods – such as a suspension from games – but did indicate Woods wouldn’t play immediately.
He has yet to see how close Woods is to game shape.
“I haven’t seen enough to know where he’s at with that. We’ll figure that out,” Kiffin said. “Obviously, if there’s a discipline that has to do with game time then that won’t be that important.”
Two weeks ago Kiffin allowed receiver Kamrin Solomon back onto the team. Solomon had been suspended for his alleged role in the same incident.
Solomon did not play in Friday’s loss to Navy.