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Cierre Wood | Running Back

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215

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Texans signed Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood.
Wood was a rotational back throughout his career, tallying 2,447 yards and 16 touchdowns on 450 carries (5.44 YPC). He caught 52 passes. Wood ran a 4.56 forty with a 1.53 ten-yard split at the Combine, the latter time confirming his short-area burst. Wood runs frustratingly small for his size -- he'll dance in the backfield and is poor in short yardage -- but is creative and laterally elusive with quick feet. He's got an outside chance to develop into an NFL asset. Arian Foster's backup, Ben Tate, will be a free agent after this season. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 10:10:00 PM

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Lance Zierlein of the Sideline View believes Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood would be a terrific fit on a zone blocking team in the later rounds.

Wood declared early for the draft but likely won't be selected prior to the third day. He isn't the flashiest player in terms of straight-line speed, but Wood makes decisive cuts once finding a lane to attack.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 02:08:00 PM

NBC Sports Irish blogger Keith Arnold anticipates Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood weighing in at close to 220 pounds at February's Combine.

For a back with explosive run skills both laterally and vertically, it's a nice weight. Wood is also expected to measure in at around 6-foot-even. Arnold does note that Wood has red flags on his resume, losing the lead running back job in South Bend to Jonas Gray as a sophomore and Theo Riddick as a junior. He also nearly cost Notre Dame a game this past season with an overtime fumble against Pitt. In addition, Wood was suspended the first two games of 2012 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He's got a lot of question marks.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 01:49:00 PM

Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood will forgo his senior season and enter April's NFL Draft.

Although he played second fiddle to Theo Riddick in Notre Dame's 2012 backfield, the more elusive Wood has a superior NFL skill set because he moves so fluidly and can explode laterally, whereas Riddick is more of a straight-line power back who will be undersized in the pros. Wood's running style reminds of LeSean McCoy, and he is also smooth in the pass game. Wood indicated that he received a projection of no higher than the third round from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. He could be a mid-round steal in April's draft.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 11:14:00 AM

SI's Tony Pauline tweeted Notre Dame junior RB Cierre Wood is "very, very likely" to declare for April's NFL Draft.

Wood was said to be waiting for his NFL evaluation before making a decision, but Wood likely has that information by now. All signs have pointed towards Wood declaring for April's NFL Draft, but the deadline is approaching quickly.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 12:48:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Cierre Wood will wait on his NFL evaluation before making a decision on his future.

All reports and rumblings make Wood seem like he is headed to the NFL, but anything is possible. In November, Wood's mother said her son is leaning "70-30" towards declaring for the draft, and a week prior the running back announced he had played his final home game of his collegiate career. Due to the combination of a quarterback with running skills and the emergence of senior Theo Riddick, Wood was not given traditional lead ball carrier touches.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 08:53:00 AM

Notre Dame junior RB Cierre Wood is leaning '70-30' toward declaring for April's NFL Draft.

"This past weekend, we talked about it quite a bit, especially when he got hit in the leg," Cierre's mom, Valerie Wood, said. If the two top redshirt sophomore running backs, UNC's Gio Bernard and Rutgers' Jawan Jamison, do not declare, Wood is certainly a dark horse to be the first player at the position selected.
Thu, Nov 22, 2012 10:27:00 AM

Notre Dame junior RB Cierre Wood announced through social media that Saturday was his final home game at Notre Dame Stadium.

This likely means Wood plans on leaving for the NFL after this season. Head coach Brian Kelly is very good at keeping his top players, convincing them to finish all four years of eligibility rather than leave early, but Wood will have already graduated prior to April's draft. He is certainly a name to keep in mind and Wood will find a place in the log jam among the the top running back prospects.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 10:02:00 PM

Notre Dame junior Cierre Wood is listed as the team's backup RB versus Michigan State after coming off of a two game suspension.

Senior Theo Riddick will continue to draw the start and has done well in Wood's absence, rushing for 160 yards and two carries on 4.7 yards per carry average. Michigan State's defense possesses plenty of defensive talent, and the Irish will need a capable running game to slow down the Spartans pass rush.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 09:45:00 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior RB Cierre Wood has been suspended for the first two games of the season by head coach Brian Kelly for a violation of team rules.

Apparently this is not news for the running back or his teammates, but the announcement had not been previously made to the public. Junior DE Justin Utupo was suspended along with Wood. The two will join quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese at home while his teammates play Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Wood will be replaced in the starting lineup by senior Theo Riddick, with sophomore George Atkinson expected to get significant touches.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 01:57:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler considers Notre Dame redshirt junior Cierre Wood one of the more underrated RBs in the country.

After running for 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns in only nine starts, Brugler emphasizes Wood's patience, vision, balance, and fluid movement skills. That is quite a skill set, and Brugler believes the combination will make Wood an impact runner at the next level. If Wood can cut down on his indecisiveness and finish games like he starts them, he and teammate Tyler Eifert should offer the Irish a nice run/pass combination on offense.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 06:10:00 PM