Senior wide receiver Eric Ward has had big success the last two years as a primary target for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Ward has racked up 1,853 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns since the 2011 season and is back for his senior year to improve his numbers once again.
Ward was one of two receivers who passed the 1,000 yard mark in 2012 along with Darrin Moore, who graduated after last season. Ward will be the main target for new quarterback Michael Brewer and could very well be the most explosive and complete wide receiver in the Big 12.
As both a receiver who has great hands and can really rack up yards after the catch, Ward will be a mismatch for most Big 12 cornerbacks with his physicality and strength. He can also help his slot receivers with his pass blocking as at 6-foot-1 205 pounds, Ward can overpower many cornerbacks and open lanes for running backs and other receivers. Ward is a complete package and could very well be the Big 12′s best receiver in 2013 as well as compete for the Biletnikoff award.
Others that could challenge Ward are the Baylor Bears‘ Tevin Reese, Texas Longhorns‘ Mike Davis and Oklahoma State Cowboys‘ Josh Stewart. Ward could have a coming out party on Friday, August 30th when Texas Tech takes on the Southern Methodist Mustangs which could really jump start his season.
In a league where wide receivers have bigger numbers than anywhere else, Ward could be the best of the best at his position and prove to be a game changer for the Red Raiders in 2013.
Weston Wilson is a college football and Major League Baseball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @westonw90.