Scholar Athlete: Callaway defensive end, Keegan Woods

Keegan Woods knows all about waiting for his time to shine. As a senior on the Callaway football team, Woods had to wait two years to finally get on the field.

"When you first got here, you knew that’s how it was," he said. "The people playing, they waited their turn and got to do all these great things. Just watching, you get better at practice and make those guys better and make yourself better. It’s a big pay off at the end."

Woods is now a two-year starting defensive end and has played a key role in getting the Cavaliers this far. They’re undefeated on the year and locked up a region title last week.

"Even if you mess up, as long as you’re going 100 mph, we can still over-correct it and we’re always there," he said about the defensive unit. "As long as we’re there around the ball, making plays, at the end of the day that’s what matters."

His hard work is paying off. Woods was recently named a Wendy’s high school Heisman winner for Callaway High School. It’s an award that honors student-athletes for their hard work. Being recognized on and off the field is something he enjoys.

"I like being able to do well in as many different things as I possibly can," Woods said.

But Woods isn’t focused on just football. He plays tennis in the spring and works extremely hard in the classroom. He has a 4.4 GPA and will graduate with six AP classes and three college courses. He’s never really been focused on playing football after high school. Instead, he’s been enjoying playing the game while fixating on his grades.

"That’s not priority number one," said Woods about football. "Priority number one is to get an education."

Woods’ education is far from over. After high school, he plans on heading to college to study mass communications and journalism.

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