Joins Michael Crabtree as the only two players to rank among the top five in Texas Tech history in career receptions, career receiving yards and career touchdown receptions... Ward ranks third in receptions (255), third in touchdowns (31) and sixth in receiving yards (2,863)... Crabtree finished his two-year career as the school-record holder in career receiving touchdowns (41), career receiving yards (3,127) and fifth in career receptions (231)... joined Detron Lewis as the only players in school history to record at least 800 receiving yards in three seasons... joined Michael Crabtree as the only players in school history to catch 11 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
Athlon All-Big 12 (2nd Team)... San Antonio Express-News All-Big 12 (1st Team)... All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)... Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference (2nd Team)... AP All-Big 12 (2nd Team)... Biletnikoff Award Watch List (Nation's Top Receiver)... Midseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (2nd Team)... Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List... Preseason Dave Campbell's All-Texas Team... Preseason College Football News Big 12 Top Players (No. 14)... Preseason College Football News All-Big 12 (1st Team)... Preseason All-Big 12 (Media)... Biletnikoff Award Watch List (Top Receiver)... Preseason Athlon All-Big 12 (1st Team)... Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (2nd Team)... Played in all 13 games (12 starts) with 83 receptions, 947 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 11.4 yards/catch and 72.8 yards/game... led the team in receiving touchdowns... second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards/game... made 36 career starts - ranked most among active players... had at least seven receptions in eight games... NCAA RANKINGS: third among active players in career receiving touchdowns (31)... fifth among active players in career receptions (255)... 14th among active players in career receptions/game (5.3)... 17th among active players in career receiving yards (2,863)... 20th in receptions (83)... 27th in receptions/game (6.4)... 29th among active players in career total touchdowns (31)... 44th in receiving touchdowns (8)... 53rd in receiving yards (947)... 63rd in receiving yards/game (72.8)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: second in receptions (83)... second in receptions in a single-game (13 at SMU)... third in receptions/game (6.4)... third in receiving touchdowns (8)... fourth in receiving yards (947)... fifth in receiving yards/game (72.8)... fifth in 100-yard receiving games (4)... TEXAS TECH RANKINGS: third in career receptions (255)... third in career receiving touchdowns (31)... fifth in career receiving yards (2,863).During final career game made three receptions for 43 yards helping the Red Raiders to a 37-23 upset over No. 14 Arizona State (12/30) at the National University Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego... led team with seven catches for 82 yards with a touchdown against No. 4 Baylor (11/16) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington... in three career games at AT&T Stadium against Baylor - home of the Dallas Cowboys - Ward has averaged 11 receptions, 115 yards and a receiving touchdown (totals: 32 REC, 346 YDS, 4 TD)... posted 11 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in final home game against Kansas State (11/9)... marked fourth time this season with at least 100 receiving yards (10th career)... had eight receptions for 86 yards and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from freshman QB Davis Webb against No. 12 Oklahoma State (11/2)... made nine catches for 106 yards with two receiving touchdowns at No. 12 Oklahoma (10/26)... recorded multiple touchdowns for the first time this season (8th career)... posted three receptions for 31 yards at West Virginia (10/19)... back-to-back games with seven receptions while posting 61 receiving yards and a touchdown against Iowa State (10/12)... first catch against the Cyclones gave him 200 for his career becoming the eighth Red Raider with 200 career catches... made seven catches for 122 yards with a touchdown at Kansas (10/5)... caught four passes for 35 yards with first touchdown of the season (24th career) against Texas State (9/21)... did not record a catch in TCU game - snapped a streak of 27 consecutive games making at least one catch... only saw action in the first half - including just part of the second quarter - in home opener against Stephen F. Austin (9/7) making three catches for 36 yards... made season debut with 13 receptions for 150 receiving yards in season opener at SMU (8/30)... marked eighth career 100-yard receiving game... tallied his fifth career game with at least 10 receptions... 13 receptions ranks tied for seventh in school history for catches in a single-game and ranks second all-time at Tech in season openers (15, Robert Johnson, vs. SMU - 2006)... 13 catches and 150 receiving yards ranked third in the nation among all FBS players during the first week of the season.
Phil Steele All-Big 12 (3rd Team)... Dallas Morning News All-Big 12 (2nd Team)... San Antonio Express-News All-Big 12 (1st Team)... All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)... Biletnikoff Award Watch List (Nation's Top Receiver)... Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (2nd Team)... Preseason Phil Steele No. 51 Nationally-Ranked WR... Preseason College Sports Madness All-Big 12 (3rd Team)... NCAA RANKINGS: eighth in receiving touchdowns (12)... 19th in receptions/game (6.83)... 20th in receptions (82)... 26th in receiving yards/game (87.75)... 24th in receiving yards (1,053)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: fourth in 100-yard receiving games (5)... third in receiving touchdowns (12)... fifth in receiving yards (1,053)... fifth in receiving yards/game (87.8)... sixth in receptions (82)... sixth in receptions/game (6.8)... 10th in scoring touchdowns (12)... TEXAS TECH RECORD BOOKS: seventh in touchdown receptions (12)... ranks fourth in Tech career receiving touchdowns (23)... joins Michael Crabtree as the only players in school history to catch 11 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons... played in 12 games (12 starts) with 82 receptions, a team-leading 1,053 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns... averaged 87.8 receiving yards/game... averaged 12.8 yards/reception... five 100-yard receiving performances this season (7 career)... caught multiple touchdowns during three games in the season (7 career)... had at least three receptions in every game (12) played during the season... caught at least one touchdown in seven contests... had at least 100 yards receiving in four of the last six games of the season... made seven catches for 79 yards with a receiving touchdown against Minnesota (12/28) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Reliant Stadium... had nine receptions for 113 yards with a touchdown against Baylor (11/24) at Cowboys Stadium.Made five catches for 38 yards (long 13) at No. 24 Oklahoma State (11/17)... recorded third straight 100-yard receiving performance with 12 catches for 180 yards against Kansas (11/10)... became the first Red Raider since 2007 (Michael Crabtree) to have three consecutive 100-yard performances... 180 receiving yards marked the most by a Red Raider in Big 12 play since 2007 (Michael Crabtree - 9 REC, 195 YDS, 2 TD - at Texas)... tallied second straight 100-yard receiving performance with eight catches for 126 yards (long 22) against No. 22 Texas (11/3)... became the first Red Raider with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since 2011 (Alex Torres - vs. Texas A&M/K-State)... recorded 161 yards receiving on 11 catches with two touchdowns at No. 3 Kansas State (10/27)... marked the most receiving yards in a Big 12 game by a Red Raider since 2009 (Alex Torres - 163 vs. Oklahoma)... led the team with six catches for 61 yards (long 29) and tied a career high with three touchdown receptions at No. 21 TCU (10/20)... caught one touchdown and made four receptions for 37 yards against No. 4 West Virginia (10/13)... caught three passes for 20 yards (long 8) against No. 14 Oklahoma (10/6)... led the team with nine catches for 122 yards receiving with one touchdown at Iowa State (9/29)... marked first 100-yard receiving performance of the season (2nd career)... touchdown marked the fourth of the season (15th career)... Iowa State performance reached two career milestones of 1,000 career receiving yards and 100 career receptions... caught three touchdown passes - all in the first half - with five catches for 90 yards (long 39) against New Mexico (9/15)... became the first Tech player to catch three touchdown passes in a game since Alex Torres caught three at No. 1 Oklahoma in 2011... became the first Red Raider with three receiving touchdowns in the first half since 2007 (Michael Crabtree, 3 - at Oklahoma State)... made season debut with three catches for 26 yards in season opener against Northwestern State (9/1).
All-Big 12 honorable mention (Coaches)... All-Big 12 third team (Phil Steele)... All-Big 12 second team (San Antonio Express-News)... All-Big 12 second team (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)... All-Big 12 second team (Waco Tribune-Herald)... Academic All-Big 12 second team... All-Big 12 Midseason second team (Phil Steele)... NCAA RANKINGS: tied for 11th in receiving touchdowns... tied for 18th in receptions per game (7.0)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: tied for third in receiving touchdowns (11)... ranked fourth in receptions per game (7.0)... ranked ninth in receiving yards per game (66.7)... one of 26 players in the conference with a 100-yard receiving game... played in 12 games (11 starts) leading the team with 84 receptions, 800 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns and averaging 66.7 yards receiving per game... averaged 9.5 yards per catch... marked the ninth time during the last 16 years that a Texas Tech player made at least 80 catches with at least 800 yards receiving (Detron Lewis, 2010; Michael Crabtree, 2008, Michael Crabtree, 2007; Danny Amendola, 2007; Joel Filani, 2006; Robert Johnson, 2006; Wes Welker, 2003; Wes Welker, 2002)... second on the team in scoring (66 points)... second on the team in all-purpose yards (807)... recorded four multiple touchdown performances... scored at least one touchdown in seven of 12 games played... broke school single-game record with 16 receptions against No. 18 Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (11/26)... also tallied 151 receiving yards with two touchdowns against the Bears... 16 receptions marked the most by a Big 12 player during the season and was two shy of the league's all-time record for receptions in a single-game (18, Albert Connell, Texas A&M - 1996)... 16 catches in a single-game tied for the second most by a player in the nation... caught seven passes for 46 yards at Missouri (11/19)... made four catches for 36 yards against No. 2 Oklahoma State (11/12)... has caught at least five passes in five consecutive games... led team with eight catches for 75 yards with a touchdown at No. 25 Texas (11/5)... led team catching five passes for 62 yards (long 19) against Iowa State (10/29)... caught six passes for 78 yards at No. 1 Oklahoma (10/22)... recorded eight catches for 63 yards receiving against No. 17 Kansas State (10/15)... made 10 catches for 74 yards with one receiving touchdown against No. 24 Texas A&M (10/8)... became the first Texas Tech WR to catch at least one touchdown in the first five games of the season since Michael Crabtree in 2008... became the first Texas Tech WR to catch multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games since Michael Crabtree posted multiple touchdown catches in four straight games in 2008... caught four passes for 71 yards with two touchdowns at Kansas (10/1)... led team with six catches for 51 yards receiving with two touchdowns, including game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds left in the game to give Tech the 35-34 victory over Nevada (9/24)... marked back-to-back games with multiple receiving touchdowns... posted eight catches for 87 yards with two receiving touchdowns at New Mexico (9/17)... marked first career multiple touchdown performance... caught two passes for six yards including first career touchdown catch during season opener against Texas State (9/3)... TD catch from QB Seth Doege came in the fourth quarter with 3:27 left to play to give Tech a 40-point advantage.
Played in 11 games (1 start) making six receptions for 63 yards receiving (10.5 avg.) and also made two tackles (both solo) on the season... made one catch for seven yards against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl (1/1) at the Cotton Bowl... equaled a season-high two catches for a season-best 27 yards against Weber State (11/20)... made first career start at wide receiver at No. 16 Oklahoma (11/13)... also made two catches for 23 yards against No. 14 Missouri (11/6)... made career debut making first career catch for six yards against SMU (9/5) in season-opener.
Redshirt season. HIGH SCHOOL Enrolled in January ... four-star (Rivals.com, Scout.com) wide receiver from Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas ... PrepStar All-Midlands Region ... No. 16 wide receiver nationally, per Scout.com ... No. 41 wide receiver nationally, according to Rivals.com ... No. 31 overall prospect on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... good size and excellent feel for the game ... good surge off the snap and is a strong runner in the open field ... elusive in the open field ... grabbed 53 catches for 1,063 yards and 15 touchdowns during junior season ... clocked at 4.4 in the 40 ... Class 4A All-State honorable mention ... district most valuable player ... also received offers from Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State and Tulsa ... High School Coach: Scott Ponder. PERSONAL Eric Ward ... born on July 24, 1990, in Los Angeles, Calif. ... son of Katherine Veals and Michael Wesley ... has one brother and two sisters ... majoring in human development and family studies.