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Derick Ross
Derick Ross

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marion, Ohio

High School:
Harding

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 191

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
11/03/1982

Experience:
3L


Entering 2005:
The lone senior in the receiving corps has stepped up into a major leadership role both at the position and for the entire offense.

2005:
Has been among the team's top three receivers all season...leads UC in receptions and is second in receiving yards after seven games...had a career-high seven receptions for 57 yards vs. Miami (Ohio)...had three catches for 44 yards, including a 27-yard TD grab, vs. Penn State...is approaching the 1,000-yard mark in career receiving yards.

2004:
Part of the rotation at the wide receiver position...made three catches for 49 yards vs. Ohio State...on the receiving end of a 49-yard TD pass vs. Miami (Ohio)...made 12 receptions for 173 yards...is a good student of the game...earned his third letter.

2003:
Emerged from preseason practice a starter at one of the outside receiver positions...led team in receiving yards (483) and was second in receptions (29)...hauled in a career-high six passes for 75 yards vs. Temple...had four catches for a career-best 103 yards vs. Miami (O.)...had two receptions for 86 yards, hooking up with Gino Guidugli for a team season-long 64-yard touchown pass play vs. Rhode Island...earned his second letter.

2002: Reserve wide receiver and special teams member who saw action in every game. . . made four catches for 78 yards and a 19.5 average. . . hauled in a 53-yard catch vs. Houston. . . added catches against Ohio State, Temple and Memphis.

2001:
Redshirted as a wide receiver. . . made the travel unit for the Motor City Bowl.

High School:
First team all-conference, all-district and all-region choice as a senior at Marion Harding High, playing for coach Tim Hinton, now a UC assistant coach...honorable mention preseason All-America choice by the USA Today. . . caught 39 passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, helping team to a 10-3 record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. . . made 26 tackles with one interception in limited defensive duty. . . had 47 catches for 588 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, adding 38 tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense. . . lettered three times in football and four times in basketball. . . averaged 15.7 points and 10.5 rebounds in basketball, earning all-conference and all-region honors in each of his first three years.

Personal:
Born Nov. 3, 1982 in Richland, S.C. . . son of Albert and Shauna Walker. . . has one older and one younger brother--younger brother Dominic is a junior on the UC team... TopCat Scholar (3.5 gpa) during 2002 Winter quarter...marketing major.