Eric Ward's journey to Texas Tech and his stellar career in Lubbock centers around family.
Texas Tech 35, SMU 3
Can play outside or inside receiver positions ... team's punt returner ... led the team in punt returns the last three seasons ... holds the sixth- and eighth-place spots on Tech's single-season punt return yardage lists (377 in 2006 and 371 in 2004) ... third on the career yardage list and is only the third player in school history to record 1,000+ return yards ... 41 returns in 2006 is second-best season total ... also ranks third with 102 career returns ... caught six passes for 71 yards in the Red-Black Game during the spring.
2006 - Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention ... ranked sixth in the Big 12 Conference with 9.2 yards per punt return ... finished the season with a career-high 487 receiving yards ... now ranks third all-time in school history behind Wes Welker and Tyrone Thurman in career punt returns and punt return yardage ... returned three punts for 37 yards in the bowl win over Minnesota, including a 33-yard effort late in the fourth quarter to help Tech send the game to overtime ... also caught a pass for five yards ... caught three passes for 38 yards and had four punt returns totaling 50 yards with a long return of 15 in the Oklahoma State win ... finished third among Tech receivers with seven catches for 92 yards against the Longhorns ... five of his seven receptions resulted in first downs ... his third catch of the game was his 35th of the season and eclipsed his previous career-high of 34 set in 2005 ... finished with three catches for 55 yards and his career-best fourth and fifth touchdowns at Iowa State ... reached the endzone for the third-consecutive game ... marked his first multi-touchdown game since the 2005 season opener against Florida International ... tied for the team lead with seven catches and scored a touchdown for the second-consecutive game at Colorado, his third of the season ... the offense's third leading receiver with his career-high eight catches for 79 yards and his sixth career receiving touchdown against Missouri ... 23-yard touchdown with 9:49 remaining in the third quarter pulled Tech to within four points (24-20) ... returned two punts for 36 yards with a long of 29 ... in the win at Texas A&M, caught two passes for 16 yards and returned three punts for 28 yards with a long of 16 ... set a career-high for punt return yards with 133 on five returns against Southeastern Louisiana ... had returns of 51 and 54 yards to set up Tech touchdowns ... finished just 12 yards shy of Leonard Harris' single-game school record 145 ... had two catches for 28 yards, also returning six punts for a total of 24 yards at TCU ... had four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown against SMU, the fifth receiving touchdown of his career ... recorded the game's longest play from scrimmage with his career-long 45-yard catch and run for a touchdown late in the third quarter ... also active in the return game, he returned six punts for 33 yards.
2005 - All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches) ... team's top punt returner with 29 returns on the season ... returned three punts 25 yards in the win over Oklahoma ... also had three receptions for 28 yards ... caught a pass for 22 yards and returned three punts 34 yards in loss at Oklahoma State ... had four returns against Texas A&M, one for 28 yards that set up a score ... also had two receptions for 16 yards ... caught one pass and returned four punts against Baylor ... posted career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (60) at Texas ... also returned a punt ... caught three passes for 30 yards in the Kansas State win ... biggest play for Amendola in Nebraska came on fumble recovery following Hodges interception in the waning minutes of the win ... grabbed a reception for six yards in the game and returned three kickoffs 58 yards ... last kickoff return of 30 yards setup game-winning drive ... caught four passes for a career-high 57 yards against Kansas ... also rushed once and returned four punts ... grabbed three receptions for 26 yards against Indiana State ... also return three punts 25 yards ... caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown against Sam Houston State ... second-straight game with a touchdown ... returned four punts 46 yards ... matched touchdown total from a year ago with two touchdowns in this season's opener against Florida International ... caught five passes for 91 yards and logged two touchdown receptions ... also averaged 19.0 yards per punt return on three returns
2004 - All-Big 12 Conference First Team return specialist ... SBC/Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 1) ... only true freshman on the field for the Red Raiders this season ... last true freshman punt returner was Wes Welker ... finished the season with 29 punt returns for 371 yards and a touchdown ... averaged 12.8 yards per return ... most yards per return at Tech by a freshman since Tyrone Thurman's 13.5 yards in 1985 ... 371 yards ranks as seventh single-season best at Tech ... numbers also better than those of former Red Raider and NCAA punt return record holder Wes Welker during his freshman season ... also caught 13 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and averaged 18.6 yards on eight kickoff returns ... in the bowl win over Cal, returned two punt returns for 11 yards and a 20-yard kick return ... also caught a pass for five yards ... made first-career start on offense at H receiver against Oklahoma State ... caught five passes for 33 yards ... returned three punts for 47 yards ... also had two rushes for nine yards ... caught two passes for 14 yards at Texas A&M ... also returned three punts 25 yards ... caught first touchdown pass of career on 16-yard strike from Cumbie in the win over Baylor ... also returned two punts for 23 yards ... finished with two receptions for 36 yards ... returned punt 90 yards for a touchdown against Kansas State ... return tied the second-longest return in school history ... totaled 103 punt return yards ... averaged 25.5 yards on two kickoff returns against Texas ... returned four punts for 24 yards and a kickoff for 10 yards in the Nebraska win ... also had a three-yard reception ... caught a 13-yard pass and had two punt returns at Oklahoma ... averaged 20 yards per return on three kickoff returns at Kansas ... returned five punts ... breakout game against TCU with 104 yards on four punt returns ... long returns of 52 and 47 yards set up Tech scores ... 52-yard return sparked Tech comeback ... also returned a kick and caught a pass for 15 yards ... 12-yard punt return at New Mexico ... played in the SMU game, but backed up Nehemiah Glover on punt returns.
High School - The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas ... Three-Star Recruit (TheInsiders.com) ... Three-Star Recruit (Rivals.com) ... No. 51 wide receiver in the nation (Rivals.com) ... No. 80 wide receiver in the nation (SuperPrep.com) ... No. 58 overall prospect in Texas (Dallas Morning News) ... No. 77 overall prospect in Texas (Rivals.com) ... No. 97 overall prospect in the nation (Big 12 Insiders Top 100) ... No. 97 overall prospect in Texas (Texas Insiders Top 100) ... State Top 100 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) ... PrepStar All-Region Team ... First-Team All-State (Texas Sports Writers Association) ... team finished the 2003 season ranked 20th nationally by USA Today ... The Woodlands advanced to Class 5A championship game ... Class 5A Region II Player of the Week after catching nine passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in second round of playoffs against Temple ... finished senior season with 60 receptions for 864 yards and nine touchdowns ... caught 60 passes for 985 yards and eight touchdowns in 2002 ... also registered 120 kickoff return yards and 315 punt return yards as a junior ... first-team all-district punt returner and second-team all-district wide receiver as a junior ... 4.65 in the 40 ... benches 275, squats 350 and has a 33-inch vertical ... also recruited by Arkansas, Colorado, Michigan and Texas A&M ... High School Coach: Weldon Willig.
Personal - Danny Amendola ... born November 2, 1985, in The Woodlands, Texas ... son of Rose and Willie Amendola ... has an older brother, Matt.
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