Taylor Woods' personality lends itself to being a team player.
He's laid back, soft-spoken and doesn't have to be in the spotlight. Woods doesn't have to be "THE GUY."
What's more important to the former Havelock High standout is winning.
And Woods' James Madison Dukes have done a lot of that in his career in Harrisonburg, Va.
He already sports a national championship ring from last year's FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) title and may very well add another this season.
Two weeks ago in the season opener, Woods came close to home to play in front of family and friends at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, where the Dukes dominated East Carolina 34-14.
He said that game was fun for many reasons.
"It felt really good to be back in the 252 area with all the support and love from people that have known me all my life and that have been there for me," Woods said.
While he only touched the football one time, on a shovel pass where he gained 11 yards, Woods got what he wanted most.
"It really doesn't matter how many touches I get - I just want to help the team win," he said. "Whatever I can do or need to do to do that, I'll do."
Winning is something that comes natural to Woods as he was a component of three state titles in high school.
He said his JMU team is certainly taking it a game at a time and not overlooking anybody, but he also knows they are good and can be very good.
"Everyone is definitely focused on winning it all again," Woods said. "Coach Houston is all about one game at a time though so we also know not to overlook anybody."
JMU was favored by three points over ECU and ended up winning by 20.
Woods said the locker room was an experience post game.
"It was obviously very happy and loud and we sang the fight song and just had great energy there after that win," he said.
He also noted how happy he was for his former high school teammate, Pirates' running back Derrell Scott.
"I'm very happy for him. I mean him getting to play football again is great and to a score a touchdown in that game, I was happy for and proud of him," Woods said.
James Madison is 2-0 on the year and plays host to Norfolk State on Saturday.
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