LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For undrafted rookie Tyrone Goard, Cincinnati Bengals training camp is a time to prove his keep. The former EKU receiver accounted for 900 yards and 8 touchdowns during his senior season as a Colonel, but this is a whole new ballgame.
"Leaving high school you're the best player. Coming to college you have to start all over," said Goard. "It's a start over for me again because I'm moving to a different level. I'm at the bottom of the chart again and I just have to work my way up."
Due to surgery on his hand during OTA's, Goard has started the first couple of day in training camp on the sidelines. Each year a handful of small school players get a shot at the NFL and Goard is one of those guys. He's also trying to learn as much as he can from established receivers like A.J. Green.
"Me and A.J. are about the same body size so I'm just trying to learn tips on how to get in and out of my routes and catch at the best of my abilities."
Learning from the best and doing his best to make a team that's close to home.
"A lot of the EKU students are from this area and they'll be my number one fans. I'm from West Virginia so I'm right in the triangle. I'm right at home basically, so everyone just come watch me play and just see this guy wasn't just a joke in college, he can actually really play."