Former Eastern Kentucky University wide receiver Tyrone Goard hopes to make a name for himself at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis, Ind. He is the first Colonel to participate in the NFL Combine since defensive back Antwaun Molden in 2008.
Goard, hailing from Charleston, W.Va., was one of the top wide receivers in the Ohio Valley Conference spanning the last two years. He posted four 100-yard receiving games as a senior in 2012 including a 175-yard game against UT Martin on Sept. 29. In that game, Goard finished with four receiving touchdowns which tied a program single game record. He concluded his Eastern career ranked among the school’s top 10 in career receiving yards (1,842) and touchdown catches (24).
Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager named Goard as one of “Five Small School Guys You Will Know by Next Week.”
Schrager this of Goard: “Right below Mellette on my list of small school wideout prospects is Goard. Whether it’s been Jerry Rice, Pierre Garcon, Cecil Shorts III, Donald Driver, Marques Colston or countless others — NFL teams have never been afraid to roll the dice on wide receiver talents outside of the traditional BCS conferences when it comes to the NFL Draft.
“In Goard, there’s a 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame with tremendous speed. Again, as is the case with Gaines, he’s raw. He only caught 41 balls at Eastern Kentucky last season, but after a very impressive week of East-West Shrine Game practices, he’s getting more and more buzz as a big upside project. A burner with height, Goard could be one of those surprise second day picks after a strong week in Indy.”
To read Schrager’s complete story, click here.
On the NFL Combine’s official web page, it had this to say about Goard: “Every year a handful of small-school receivers earn spots on NFL scouts’ radars because of their size and production -– and Goard has plenty of both. His tall, long frame helped him capture 39 passes for 627 yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, in his first year as a full-time starter in 2011. This followed a solid sophomore campaign where he earned six starts in 11 games (20-315, five TD) …”
Fans can follow Goard’s progress at the NFL Combine from Feb. 23-26 on the NFL Network, or via Goard’s Twitter feed (@Tyrone_Goard8)
Eastern Kentucky is slated to return 12 of 22 starters (six on offense, six on defense) in 2013 including five all-conference players. EKU kicks off the 2013 schedule with a Thursday night home opener against Robert Morris on Aug. 29.
Eastern’s spring football game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at Roy Kidd Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.
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