BY JASON KERSEY

NORMAN — Derrick Woods arrived in Oklahoma last summer, finally ready to thrive in a new environment far from his rough, urban Los Angeles neighborhood.

Two days before the Sooners' season opener at UTEP, though, the freshman receiver received tragic news that required him to return home for a few days: His uncle, Rodney Freeman, was shot and killed in Woods' driveway.


“Losing my uncle was a big deal,” Woods said.

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