CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's said idle hands are the devil's workshop. In my case, though, they led to research. And a hell of an update.
I began scanning NCAA's football record books. (It was last year's version, though, because the updated one wasn't completed yet.) Figured there would be a few WVU and Marshall players in there somewhere. What I quickly realized, however, is there are scads of records. There are so many Mountaineers in there it would be difficult to list them all.
The roster of Mountaineers listed in the records, though, was long. Among those with records or listed as close include Pat White, Willie Drewrey, Shawn Hackett (TDs scored by fumble return and interception return in a game - two), Rick Sherrod, Major Harris, Steve Slaton, Bruce Irvin, Tavon Austin, Pat McAfee, Brian King, Grant Wiley, Kyle Kayden, James Davis (single game tackles for loss - six, tied with Julius Peppers and others), Avon Cobourne, Aaron Beasley, John Mallory, Frank Nester and Mike Collins.
WVU as a team has good records (most forced fumbles in a game, seven, versus Cincinnati in 2003) and bad (most passes attempted without a completion, 18, versus Temple in 1946).
The one Mountaineer, though, who will always remain in the books is a guy most know simply as Woody. Paul Woodside has the highest percentage of field goals made under 40 yards, with a minimum of 16 attempts. And the percentage can't get any higher. He hit 23 of 23 from that distance in 1982. (Seven others made 19).
Some outlets gave Woodside first-team All-America honors that year. In 1983, he hit 21 of 25 field goals. Yet he'll always be remembered for two things.
First, the former walk-on converted a fourth-quarter field goal that gave WVU a 17-14 upset of No. 20 Penn State in 1984 - the first win for West Virginia over the Nittany Lions in 29 years.
Then there was his colorful personality. He'd draw various patterns on his shoes with a marker.
Since then he's been making a mark in the world of kicking.
On Friday, Woodside was in San Diego to work with Chargers kicker Nick Novak.
"It's funny," Woodside said. "I was with a friend and someone nearby was talking about that Penn State game. My friend nudged me. I looked at the man and said, 'Was the idiot that kicked that field goal wearing stupid shoes?' He said, 'Yes.' 'I said, 'That was me.'"
Now 49, Woodside has been around. He's worked in the financial industry. Yet his passion is kicking. He's tutored hundreds of young kickers and is part of an Alexandria, Va., group named Before U Kick that holds and visits camps and clinics.
"We train more from a holistic view of the mind and heart, as well as the technical side," Woodside said. "We live our lives passionately, not technically."
Woodside had one of those young kickers with him on the San Diego trip.