Chemo treatments can’t stop OU’s Woods

NORMAN, Okla.  —  When Austin Woods walks off the football field after practicing in Oklahoma’s 100-degree August heat, sometimes it’s only the start of a grueling day for the Sooners’ center.

After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the spring, Woods is undergoing chemotherapy treatments to deal with the form of cancer. For three to four hours every other week, a mixture of chemicals is pumped into his body through an inch-long needle in a process that leaves him feeling fatigued.

All that still isn’t enough to keep the determined Texan from reporting for another practice and putting in the work it requires to be the Sooners’ deep snapper on place kicks and the backup for starting center Gabe Ikard.



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