Everyone knows that Rashaun Woods could catch touchdown passes, but he can also catch bass.
The former Oklahoma State University wide receiver, who was introduced Tuesday as John Marshall’s new football coach, is an avid bass tournament angler.
In 2004, I interviewed Woods after he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He told me then, “If I go out in a tournament and stick five good bass, I feel the same adrenaline rush as when I catch three touchdown passes.”
My colleague at The Oklahoman, Ryan Aber, attended the press conference Tuesday where Woods was officially introduced as the Bears’ new head football coach.
Ryan asked Woods is he was still bass fishing and quizzed him about the upcoming Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa.
“I’ll definitely be there (Bassmaster Classic),” Woods said. “I’ve got to do some things for Quantum and Gene Larew. I’ll be in a booth shaking hands and signing autographs.
“They’ve given me things and sponsored me the last couple years with me just really going out and really enjoying myself and I appreciate that. This is an opportunity to give back and do some things for them.”
Woods said having the Bassmaser Classic in Oklahoma on Grand Lake is huge for the state.
“There are a lot of fishermen in Oklahoma. It’s a deal where everybody’s excited. A lot of guys are going to be there and that’s not mentioning everybody from out of state. It’s a great deal, it should be great for growth and I will be there for sure to see my favorite guys.”
Woods plans to still fish in bass tournaments even with his new job.
“I’m fishing as much as I can. Obviously that’ll go down a little bit. The biggest trails in Oklahoma I’ve had a chance to fish, the Triton and Extreme Fishing League are big, big tournaments. I won’t get to do much during football season but that’s fine. I’m going to take advantage during this time right now.”