Danny Woodhead #39 RB
Height: 5-8 Weight: 200 Age: 32
Born: 1/25/1985 North Platte , NE
College: Chadron State
Experience: 9th season
High School: North Platte HS [NE]
Daniel Woodhead is proof that big things do come in small packages.
Short on height for a prototype tailback, his slashing, darting running style, along with impressive quickness and explosion, makes the water bug tough to tackle.
The holder of virtually all school and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rushing and all-purpose yardage records, he etched his name into the NCAA record books, both at the Division II level and in the entire collegiate system. With seven games remaining on the 2007 season, Woodhead is the all-time collegiate record holder with an average of 190.97 yards per game rushing and became the first player in college annals to rush for over 200 yards in a game 18 times in a career.
Woodhead's average of 15.57 points scored per game is a Division II all-time record and ranks second overall in collegiate annals. His 576 points scored are the second-most by a college player and his 7,066 yards rushing rank second in Division II history. His 8,374 all-purpose yards are the third-most in a career by a Division II athlete and ranks seventh overall in the entire collegiate ranks. His average of 226.32 all-purpose yards per game is the second-best Division II career total.
The speedy tailback also holds the national collegiate record for most yards rushing in a season (2,756 in 2006), as his 3,159 all-purpose yards that year set a Division II season-record and rank third on the overall college annual record books. His 228 points scored in 2006 is a Division II record and were third overall in college football. His 34 touchdowns rushing in 2006 also set a Division II record. Of his scoring runs, 31 covered 25 yards or more, including 16 touchdown runs of at least 60 yards.
Woodhead was also an excellent student, graduating with a 3.9 grade point average for North Platte High School. One of the more highly decorated athletes in the state, he earned Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year honors and was named offensive captain of the Omaha World-Herald's and Lincoln Journal Star's All-Class and All-State teams, in addition to being chosen Huskerland Prep Report's Player of the Year.
The World-Herald and Journal Star also selected him as their 2003-04 High School Male Athlete of the Year. He rushed for 2,037 yards and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career with 4,891 yards and 76 touchdowns on the ground, both Class A state records. He also amassed 6,527 all-purpose yards. In basketball, he was the state leading scorer his senior season, averaging 26 points per game.
Woodhead became the fourth family member to enroll at Chadron State in 2004. He followed his father, Mark (1978, '80), uncle, Kent (1976-78), and brother, Ben (2002-05) into the Eagles' program. He made an instant impact, earning All-American first-team honors from D2Football.com and second-team accolades from Football Gazette and Daktronics. The All-Southwest Region choice was also named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Offensive Freshman of the Year.
As a freshman, Woodhead lead the NCAA Division II ranks in rushing (184.0 yards per game), scoring (16.2 points per game) and all-purpose yardage (208.7 yards per game). He started eight of 10 games, piling up 1,840 yards with 25 touchdowns on 284 carries (6.5-yard average). He gained 163 yards with two scores on 16 catches (10.2 avg) and 84 yards on five kickoff returns (16.8 avg). He amassed 2,087 all-purpose yards ands scored 162 points, turning the ball over twice on four fumbles.
As a sophomore, Woodhead appeared in 10 games, earning consensus All-American honors, in addition to being named the RMAC Offensive and Running Back Player of the Year. He finished second nationally with 176.9 yards per game rushing and 215.3 all-purpose yards. He also finished fifth in the nation by scoring an average of 12.6 points per game.
In 2005, he carried 278 times for 1,769 yards (6.4-yard average) and 21 touchdowns, including a 91-yarder that was the second-longest run from scrimmage in school history. He led the team with 30 receptions for 367 yards (12.2 avg) and completed one pass attempt for a two-yard loss. He scored 126 points and piled up 2,153 all-purpose yards on 308 touches. He also turned the ball over twice on four fumbles.
The unanimous All-American and All-RMAC pick was again selected the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. He led the Division II ranks in rushing (212.0 yards per game), all-purpose yardage (243.0 yards per game) and scoring (17.5 points per game). He set a single-season record with 2,756 yards on 344 carries (8.0-yard average) and set a Division II mark with 34 touchdowns. He finished second on the team with 45 catches for 403 yards (9.0 avg) and four scores, setting a Division II record by scoring 228 points, the second-highest season total in all of college football. He touched the ball 389 times for an NCAA Division II record 3,159 yards. He also turned the ball over five times on eight fumbles.
In 37 games at Chadron State, Woodhead started 35 contests. He carried 1,008 times for 7,066 yards (7.0-yard average), the second-highest total in Division II history. He ran for 89 touchdowns and averaged a Division II record 190.97 yards per game on the ground. He made 104 catches for 1,207 yards (11.6 avg) and seven scores and had five kickoff returns for 84 yards (16.8 avg). He attempted 1-of-2 passes for minus-2 yards and ranks second in Division II annals with 576 points scored. On 1,107 touches, he totaled 8,374 all-purpose yards, ranking second in Division II history (fifth overall) with an average of 226.32 yards per game. He also turned the ball over 10 times on 17 fumbles.