Davidson senior Chris Woods ended his career with the Wildcats football team in mid-November.
As it turned out, Woods had one more game left to play – and it became the biggest of his career.
Woods was named the defensive most valuable player in the 2015 CDFL FCS Senior Scout Bowl, played Dec. 19 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Woods, a defensive lineman and linebacker with the Wildcats, earned the MVP award after recording three sacks, four tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
“To go back out one more time for the All-Star game, I really felt like I was representing the entire team of Davidson,” Woods said in a prepared release.
“With a lot of people out there supporting me, I wanted to represent the team well and I feel like I kind of put Davidson on the map because a lot of teams from around the nation didn’t know Davidson as much, but after leaving the game I feel like I kind of put a place mark on where Davidson is and what we stand for.”
Woods was the only Davidson player picked for the FCS Senior Scout Bowl game, open to players from Football Championship Subdivision programs.
However, Woods was among some familiar names – of the 100 players taking part in the game, nine were from the Pioneer League, the Wildcats’ conference.
On the North squad with Woods were San Diego offensive linemen Pono Keni and Jeff Starr, and Butler quarterback Matt Shiltz. On the South team were four Jacksonville players – offensive lineman Logan Williamson, running back Matt Passeggiata, defensive lineman Maroa White and defensive back D.J. Howard – and Morehead State wide receiver Robert Harden.
Woods, a native of Burlington, finished his time on Davidson’s football team with career best numbers his senior season. In 11 games, he had 57 tackles (32 solo, 25 assists) and 5.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, three passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovered.
In his career, Woods had 137 tackles (72 solo, 65 assists), 15 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, five passes defended, one forced fumble and two fumbles recovered.
Davidson’s Dick Snyder and Carolyn Kirsch Rumpel have been named to the Atlantic 10’s 2016 Legends class, league officials recently announced.
The A-10 Legends program, which began in 2013, recognized men’s and women’s players and coaches who made a lasting impact on their college teams.
Snyder was the Wildcats’ first All-American in 1966, and also earned Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year honors after leading Davidson to its first league title and NCAAA Tournament appearance. He went on to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft, and played 13 seasons of professional ball. In 1990, Synder was inducted into Davidson’s athletic hall of fame.
Kirsch Rumpel was the first Wildcats’ women’s player to earn Southern Conference Player of the Year honors in 1997. The Heidelberg, Germany native finished her Davidson career second all-time in rebounding (878) and fifth in scoring (1,370 points). She was also twice named all-SoCon, earning first team honors in 1997 and second team in 1996, and was inducted into Davidson’s athletic hall of fame in 2008.
The A-10 Legends 2016 class will be honored during ceremonies held the week of the Atlantic 10 conference tournament. The women’s inductees will hold ceremonies March 4 in Richmond, Va.; the men’s inductees March 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.