College free agent signee saw action in 36 games with 26 starts at Eastern Kentucky ... Left Eastern ranked among the top 10 in program history in receiving yards (1842 — ninth) and TD catches (24 — tied for second).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13.
MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Eastern Kentucky, with a redshirt year in 2008 ... Earned second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as both a junior and senior. 2012—Played in 10 games with nine starts as a senior ... Tied program single-game record with four TD catches in win over Tennessee-Martin, and finished game with career-high 175 receiving yards ... Notched three other 100-yard receiving games including 152 yards and a TD in the finale against Murray State. 2011—As a junior, tied for OVC lead with 11 receiving TDs, and his team leads also included receptions (39), receiving yards (627) and yards-per-catch (16.1). 2010—As a sophomore, played in all 11 games with six starts, and was second on team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (315) ... His first-quarter TD grab against Jacksonville State was an ESPN SportsCenter “top play”. 2009—Appeared in three games (no statistics) as a freshman. 2008—Redshirted as true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Capital High School in Charleston, W.Va., where he was named second-team Division 3-A all-state as a senior, with 53 receptions for 879 yards and nine TDs ... Also played on basketball team, averaging 11.8 points per game as a senior.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Charleston, West Va. ... Last name is pronounced “GORD.”
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