Suspended for the first six games of the season, Woods received clearance to play during a school disciplinary hearing held Thursday.
“I applaud the university or doing the right thing despite the fact that criminal charges re still pending,” Gottlieb said.
Last year’s leading receiver, Woods pleaded not guilty to charges which stem from a January fight in an off campus party that led to the hospitalization of two FAU students. On Monday in a hearing held to check the status of the case, the court set Woods’ next appearance date for January 10.
Woods was barred from campus and removed from the football roster following the arrest, but FAU rescinded the No Trespass order during the opening week of the fall semester.
FAU stripped Woods of his scholarship but allowed him to return to the team. He has practiced with the Owls but didn’t take the field for their first six games.
The Owls also suspended wide receiver Kamrin Solomon for his alleged role in the same altercation. Solomon served a two-game suspension before returning to the field.
Woods’ return allows him to play in FAU’s homecoming game.
As a redshirt junior, Woods caught 68 passes for 934 yards last season. In his career he’s hauled in 111 passes for 1,487 yards and six scores.