Eric Ward’s Stellar Career at Texas Tech


Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders receiver Eric Ward (18) catches a touchdown pass in the first quarter against Baylor Bears cornerback K.J. Morton (8) at AT

Now that the 2013 season is over, let’s take a moment to recognize and appreciate a new Red Raider legend.

Eric Ward came to Lubbock in January 2009 after switching his commitment from Oklahoma to Texas Tech at the last minute. Though highly recruited out of Wichita Falls Rider, Ward has never been the biggest, fastest or flashiest receiver. However, what he does, he does very well.

After redshirting in 2009 and seeing sparse playing time the following season, Ward exploded onto the scene in 2011, introducing himself to Texas Tech fans – and indeed the nation – with a circus touchdown catch against Kansas.

Since 2011, Ward has been a poster child for consistency and reliability. With 84, 82 and 83 receptions in each of the last three seasons, a propensity for impossible catches and a switch that flips at just the right moments in the biggest games, Ward distinguished himself as the go-to option in Tech’s spread system.

While he may not have all the measurables NFL scouts look for, Ward grades off the chart for things like catching, body control, route running, blocking, work ethic and maturity. He probably won’t find himself taken in the first, second or third rounds of the draft this spring, but he’s too good a football player to not find a home in the pros at some point.

At a school that produces wide receiver talent like no other, Ward leaves Tech as one of the best.

Good luck Eric and Guns Up!