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“One-Two Punch” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email James at [email protected] The sophomore slump is as much a part of sports as hot dogs and cheerleaders.The term means exactly what it says — a player, in his second year, fails to come close to living up to the enormous expectations placed on him after the success of his rookie season.Sophomore slumps are fairly common, partly because opposing teams now know exactly what to expect and how to prepare for it, and partly because the players themselves cannot seem to maintain the levels of confidence they had the year before.But after a breakout freshman season in which he posted 792 yards receiving and six touchdowns on 65 receptions, sophomore receiver Robert Woods seems to ignore this phenomenon altogether.The wideout has taken his game to new levels, and hasn’t hesitated a moment to prove it. In the first game of the season alone, Woods had a record-setting 17 catches, torching Minnesota for 177 yards and three touchdowns.In that one game, Woods matched almost a quarter of his receptions and yards, and half of his touchdowns from the entire 2010 season.Since then, the sophomore has had two straight games of eight receptions each, totaling 184 yards and a touchdown.Woods is on pace to reel in 132 passes for 1,444 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011, which is enough to shatter the single-season records in receptions and yards.He’s just the latest in a long line of star wideouts to start their legacies at USC, but Woods seems to have a step up on even those pass-catchers immortalized in Heritage Hall.A simple glance at the sophomore isn’t enough to reveal why exactly this is — as a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, Woods isn’t exactly Dwayne Jarret-esque. In fact, he’s one of the smaller guys on the team.So what makes Woods so good?You could point to his rapport with junior quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley has already spoken of the “telepathic” connection the two share when on the field, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an instance of miscommunication so far this year.It is no coincidence Barkley targets Woods more often than any of his other receivers and has completed more than 80 percent of his passes when doing so.One could argue that his fundamentals — crisp route running, the fact that he uses his hands and not his body to catch passes — can also be credited for his blossoming success.Woods is able to exploit even the smallest advantages he has over a defense and turn them into major gains for the Trojans.Though these attributes have bolstered his skyrocketing numbers, they take a backseat to the true reason for Woods’ meteoric rise: his focus.Woods is 19 years old, and yet he has put himself in a position to be successful from the start of his career.In a season where the Trojans have seen their share of off-field incidents and academic ineligibilities, the kid who is still getting used to seeing R-rated movies in theaters has managed to become the role model most veterans hope to become.Woods has made it look easy to fill the shoes of the great receivers before him, but it wouldn’t be possible without his ability to stay on track and ensure his continued development as a football player. With the common story in sports today centering on the wasted potential of athletes for one reason or another, he makes for a refreshing case study.Though there is a lot more football to be played and a lot left to prove, Woods has made it clear he doesn’t intend on letting up anytime this season. The sophomore’s talent and fundamentals are unparalleled, and his work ethic will ensure he stays at the top of his game.But more than anything, Woods is simply just too focused to be bothered, especially with something as ridiculous as a sophomore slump.
Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol has told talkSPORT the current Spurs side “have all the ingredients” to secure a top-four finish to the Premier League this season.The north London outfit are desperate to claim a coveted Champions League spot after string of near misses.Spurs got a taste for Europe’s top table following their surprise run to the quarter-finals under Harry Redknapp in the 2010/11 campaign, and while they did finish fourth the following year, Chelsea’s Champions League final victory bumped them back down to their familiar Europa League berth.However, after splashing out over £100million on new players last summer and a season of bedding the new talent into the side, Jol believes Tottenham have a great chance to end their wait with new boss Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.“All the top clubs want to be in the four, but when I was at Tottenham there were the big ‘top four’ teams and we were the best of the rest in fifth,” the Dutch coach told Drivetime.“It’s much more difficult now with teams like Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool all spending a lot of money, but maybe this is the year for Spurs to do something.“I really believe with the players they have and the money they spend that they can finish in the top four.“All the ingredients are there for Spurs to be in the top four. They have the players, all they need to do now is gel together and try to create a team which can deliver.“They’ve got an unbelievable fan-base, when you go to London there are Spurs fans everywhere and Arsenal are second.“They’ve got everything for them to be in the top four and to be a fantastic, successful, club.”However, the Jol also warned it may not be so rosy if Tottenham can’t begin to win on a consistent basis, starting with Southampton’s trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday.Jol added: “When Pochettino started I felt really positive and I still feel positive about it.“But they’ve only got eight points from their first six games, which is a disastrous start really.“And if they don’t win the game against Southampton at the weekend, they’ve got a problem.”