T.J. Woods is in his second season as Wisconsin's offensive line coach.
The Badgers' tradition of tremendous offensive line play is in good hands, as evidenced by Woods' first year, which turned out to be a record-setting season offensively for UW.
With three All-Big Ten picks leading the way, Woods' offensive line plowed the way for a school-record 480.8 yards per game and an average of 34.8 points per contest, the third-highest total in UW history. The Badgers (3,689 rushing and 2,562 passing) were one of just four teams nationally to amass 3,500 rushing yards and 2,500 passing yards on the season, with UW's 3,689 rushing yards setting a school record.
The Badgers also shattered the all-time school mark for rushing average by churning up 6.62 yards per carry and produced 20 100-yard rushing performances, another school record and the most by any team in the country.
|Woods at a Glance
|San Dimas, Calif.
|Azusa Pacific, 2002
| Azusa Pacific offensive line coach (2003)
Azusa Pacific tight ends coach (2004-05)
Citrus Junior College offensive line coach (2006)
New Mexico offensive line coach (2007-08)
Utah State tight ends/special teams coach (2009-10)
Utah State offensive line coach (2011-12)
Wisconsin offensive line coach (2013-present)
| 2007 New Mexico
2011 Famous Idaho Potato
2012 Famous Idaho Potato
2014 Capital One
Behind Woods' offensive line, the Badgers' running back duo of sophomore Melvin Gordon (1,609) and senior James White (1,444) broke the NCAA record for rushing yards by a pair of teammates by running for a combined 3,053 yards. The duo also became the first in FBS history to each rush for 1,400 yards in the same season.
Overall, the Badgers averaged 6.85 yards per offensive play, the ninth-best average of any team in the country.
For those efforts, a trio of UW offensive linemen were honored with All-Big Ten recognition, led by Associated Press All-American Ryan Groy, who started all 13 games at left guard. Junior RT Rob Havenstein and sophomore LT Tyler Marz also earned All-Big Ten accolades, with redshirt freshman C Dan Voltz being named first-team All-Freshman by both Athlon Sports and College Football News.
Groy went on to earn an NFL opportunity, signing with the Chicago Bears in May of 2014.
Prior to joining the staff at Wisconsin, Woods spent four years at Utah State, the last two seasons in charge of the Aggies' offensive line after coaching USU's tight ends and special teams his first two years.
In 2012, the Aggies' offensive line cleared the way for a Utah State offense that set school records for total offense (6,108 yards) and total points (454). Center Tyler Larsen and tackle Eric Schultz earned first-team All-WAC honors, with Larsen becoming the first two-time first-team all-conference offensive lineman for Utah State since 1996-97. Guard Jamie Markosian was also a second-team all-league choice.
Behind Woods' offensive line, Utah State was one of just 19 teams in the country to average at least 200 yards rushing and passing in 2012. The Aggies are 25th in the country this season (204.1 ypg) and are one of just four teams in the country (Wisconsin, Oregon and Western Kentucky are the others) to have a 1,500-yard rusher in each of the last two seasons
The previous season, the Aggies' offense established 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 Larsen and guard Philip Gapelu collected first-team All-WAC accolades. The offensive line duo were the first pair of Aggie offensive linemen to earn first-team all-conference honors since 1997.
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 the 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.
Woods went to Utah State from New Mexico, where he was an offensive graduate assistant for two seasons. At New Mexico he worked with Jason Lenzmeier, who played under former UW offensive line coach Bob Bostad at UNM. Woods also helped tutor Bart Miller, UW's interim offensive line coach in 2012, at New Mexico.
The New Mexico offensive line enjoyed great success in Woods' two seasons there. Junior center Erik Cook earned second-team All-Mountain West honors while offensive tackle Byron Bell was named to the 2008 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman team. Cook was drafted by the Washington Redskins and played two seasons in the NFL, while Bell has started on the Carolina Panthers' offensive line over the past two seasons.
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 Azusa 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 Azusa Pacific, garnering NAIA first-team All-America accolades as well as being named to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette NAIA All-America first-team list in 2002. That season he anchored a Cougar offense that amassed 400 yards per game, ranking 13th in the country. The offensive line unit only gave up 12 sacks all season, the fewest allowed by a Cougar team in six seasons.
Prior to Azusa 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 Azusa Pacific in 2002 and his master's degree in physical education in 2005, also from Azusa Pacific.
Woods and his wife, the former Kelly Williams, have a daughter, Madison.