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Eric Ward, WR

School: Texas Tech  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 199 lbs.
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Player News
05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: TEXAS TECH: WR Eric Ward (5-11, 199, 4.63)...Becoming just the third player in school history with three straight years of 800+ receiving yards, Ward was productive in college, displaying athleticism but so-so hands. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/30/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Texas Tech WR Eric Ward is working on a five-game streak in which he has caught at least seven passes and has had at least 82 yards receiving. In all, he has 43 receptions in the past five games, a total that accounts for more than half of his season number (80 catches). - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM: WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech, 6-0, 205, Sr., Wichita Falls, Texas,...Ward has continued his impressive career at Tech with a third consecutive season with over 800 receiving yards - becoming just the second Red Raider all-time to accomplish that feat (Detron Lewis, 2007-10). Ward tallied 80 receptions, 904 receiving yards and a team-leading eight touchdown catches this season. He currently ranks third among active NCAA players with 31 career touchdown receptions and is fourth among active players with 252 career catches. - Texas Tech football

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Eric Ward (WR)...Has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big 12 for the 2013 college football season by the Big 12 Coaches. - Texas Tech football

09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior WR Eric Ward, who had 82 receptions in 12 games last year, is well ahead of that pace with 16 catches for 186 yards in two games. Strangely, though Tech quarterbacks have thrown eight touchdown passes, Ward is still looking for his first score. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior WR Eric Ward recorded his eighth career 100-yard receiving game with 150 yards on 13 receptions in the opener. He and former Raider Michael Crabtree are the only two Tech receivers with back-to-back seasons with at least 11 touchdown receptions. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2013 - Baker Mayfield, believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS school, threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns while running for another score as Texas Tech beat SMU 41-23 on Friday night. It was quite a debut for the 18-year-old Mayfield and new Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, the former Red Raiders quarterback and at 34 the youngest coach at a BCS school.

Mayfield, who completed 43 of 60 passes, had an 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter before throwing two touchdowns in the final 6 minutes - 3 yards to Jakeem Grant and 22 yards to Reginald Davis. Texas Tech has won 15 games in a row against its former Southwest Conference rival. Eric Ward had 13 catches for 150 yards for the Red Raiders. - AP Sports

08/30/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: WR Eric Ward gives the Red Raiders a legitimate big-play guy. He had 82 catches last year after recording 84 receptions as a sophomore in 2011. The threat he poses could open up things for Tech's other talented receivers. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP TEXAS TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. WR Eric Ward (6-0, 205, 4.46)...No matter the coach or offensive system in place in Lubbock, Texas Tech seems to always have at least one extremly productive receiver on the roster with a shot at the NFL. This year, that player is Ward. A second team All-Big 12 player last year, he has been extremely productive the past two seasons with a combined 166 catches as a sophomore and junior. And, with Kingsbury, a former Texas Tech quarterback, bringing back a more aggressive offensive approach through the air, Ward could be one of the main beneficiaries in 2013.

Lining up mostly at split end, he doesn't necessarily stand out with his size or speed but is a polished receiver who can defeat the jam and deceive defensive backs down the field with route quickness and a second gear. Ward, who has already graduated, has very good hand-eye coordination and focus to reel in tough grabs. He has also shown noticeable improvement away from the ball as a blocker down the field in the run game. NFL stars Michael Crabtree (3,127) and Wes Welker (3,069) are Nos. 1 and 2 in Texas Tech history in receiving yards. But with a 1,200-yard season in 2013, Ward will pass both of them and take the top spot in the Red Raider record books. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Eric Ward will go into his senior season as Tech's leading returning receiver after catching 82 passes for 1,053 yards in 2012 despite missing one game to injury. - The Sports Xchange

07/22/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech, Sr/3L, Wichita Falls, Texas,...Ward returns for his senior season after a standout junior campaign with 82 receptions, 1,053 yards and 12 touchdowns. He joined former Red Raider Michael Crabtree as the only players in school history to catch 11 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

He enters his final season as a Red Raider ranked fourth in school history with 23 career touchdown receptions and owns seven career 100-yard receiving games. In addition, this week Ward was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the second consecutive season. - Texas Tech football

07/18/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Eric Ward, Texas Tech, SR...Ward is one of 76 wide receivers across the country to be honored by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation and one of nine from the Big 12 Conference. Tech's top returning receiver in 2012, Ward compiled 1,053 receiving yards on 82 catches along with 12 touchdowns. He averaged 12.8 yards per catch and 87.8 yards per game. Following the 2012 season, he earned number All-Big 12 accolades and finished eighth nationally in touchdown receptions. - Texas Tech football

Player News
05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: TEXAS TECH: WR Eric Ward (5-11, 199, 4.63)...Becoming just the third player in school history with three straight years of 800+ receiving yards, Ward was productive in college, displaying athleticism but so-so hands. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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