Derick Ross
Derick  Ross


Marion, Ohio

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 191




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.