Josh Woods named to Pac-12’s all-academic second team

Oregon quarterback Braxton Burmeister, left, breaks a tackle by UCLA linebacker Josh Woods during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

UCLA linebacker Josh Woods was named second-team all-academic by the Pac-12 on Thursday.

The junior from Upland High has a 3.33 GPA while majoring in sociology. To be eligible for the conference’s all-academic teams, a player has to have a minimum 3.0 GPA while appearing in at least 50 percent of his team’s games. Injuries and illness do not count against the game appearance criteria.

Woods had 30 tackles in seven games with 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against Oregon.

Offensive lineman Michael Alves, long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, fullback Giovanni Gentosi, receiver Theo Howard, cornerback Nate Meadors, defensive lineman Marcus Moore, receiver Christian Pabico, quarterback Josh Rosen, tight end Jordan Wilson and linebacker Kenny Young were named honorable mention all-academic.

A full list of the conference’s all-academic teams

UCLA links: Bruins likely short-handed at linebacker

Hawaii wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo, center, drops the ball and gets leveled by UCLA linebacker Josh Woods, left, and hit from behind by defensive back Mossi Johnson (21) at the goal line, Woods was penalized for targeting and ejected, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. UCLA won 56-23. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The Pac-12 issued a statement Monday evening acknowledging the officiating error that left a crushing hit on Kenny Young unpenalized, but UCLA head coach Jim Mora said the public comment from the conference did little to rectify the error as one of the biggest leaders on the UCLA defense is working through the concussion protocol before the team’s game against Memphis on Saturday at 9 a.m.

“It was clear, it was concise, it was beyond reproach that it was a violent, flagrant target and for some reason the process failed,” Mora said of a blindside block that knocked Young out of the game in the first quarter.

Young’s status is uncertain as he works through concussion protocol, but fellow linebacker Josh Woods will surely be out for the first half against Memphis for the targeting call that he drew in the fourth quarter against Hawaii. Mora said there is no appeal process for rescinding the suspension.

More on the two controversial calls that could leave the Bruins without two of their starting linebackers. 

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