USC Football: Healthy Looking Robert Woods Should Strike Fear in Every Team

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterSeptember 2, 2012

We all knew USC's offense would be explosive this year; the lone question mark was the health of star wide receiver Robert Woods. The junior answered the questions in the first game, and that is something that should scare opposing teams in the Pac-12 and nationally.

Last season, Robert Woods played on a less-than-healthy ankle and still was one of the nation's best wide receivers. Saturday night, to open the season, the stud wideout was able to minimize the doubt about his health. After an offseason of sitting out, limited play and questions, Robert Woods showed up Saturday night ready to ball for the University of Southern California.

Truth be told, we shouldn't be surprised that Woods was ready to go hard. The junior told us in July that he'd be ready (h/t Pedro Moura, ESPN), and he did not disappoint.

While the numbers were not awe-inspiring compared to some of his previous games, there were signs that he is ready to get back to where he belongs; on top of the world of college-football wide receivers. Sure, he only caught six passes for 42 yards, but he had two touchdowns, and more importantly, he showed he can run full speed, cut and get open for his quarterback.

Perhaps the most telling sign that Woods is ready for action was not in his play, but in the attention he garnered that helped free up Marqise Lee, the Trojans' second receiver. Not only is the respect there, but with Woods getting open, teams have to pay attention.

As they worry about Woods, Lee is waiting to have a big night—like Saturday evening, where Lee went for 10 catches and 191 yards. On Lee's lone touchdown, Woods showed just how ready he is, running stride for stride as he led his sophomore receiving mate down the sideline.

Woods is ready, and his production is only going to increase as we move forward. For Trojans fans, that's a good thing, especially after a spring and summer of worrying. For the opposition, it's another weapon for the Trojans to use against them. And that is a scary proposition.