SW DeKalb’s Eric Ward gets tryout with the Falcons

Quarterback Eric Ward, who guided Richmond to the football championship subdivision (I-AA) national championship in 2008, is trying out with the Falcons. He played high school football at Southwest Dekalb.

Quarterback Eric Ward, who guided Richmond to the football championship subdivision (I-AA) national championship in 2008, is trying out with the Falcons. He played high school football at Southwest Dekalb.

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons will give six players tryouts during the team’s three-day minicamp that is underway.

Here’s a look at the tryout players:

  • Eric Ward, QB, Richmond, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds: Is from Atlanta and played at Southwest DeKalb. In 2008, he set single-season school records in passing yards (2,808), completion percentage (64.1), attempts (359), completions (230), while tying for seventh in TD passes (17).
  • R.J. Webb, WR, Furman, 6-2, 205: Is from Pickens, S.C. Is a big threat who battled knee injuries throughout his career at Furman.
  • Arman Shields, WR, Richmond, 6-2, 185: Is from Gonzaga High in Washington, D.C.
  • Steven Stone, DE, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 267: Is from Conway, Arkansas. Suffered a foot fracture last season. Entered last season with 25 consecutive starts.
  • Daylan Walker, DB, Arkansas State, 5-9, 177: He was selected All-Sun Belt Conference honorable mention by both the Sun Belt Coaches and Media.
  • Robert Maver, PK, U of Guelph (Canada), 5-11, 212: Played with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Versatile kicker who handles kickoffs, punts and field goals.

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May 7th, 2010
11:05 am



May 7th, 2010
11:08 am

Hindu Elvis Pimp

May 7th, 2010
11:16 am

What? No TO? No John Henderson? No Chris Chelios?

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
11:17 am

Great to see a local kid get some time in the spotlight. The Falcons need some slingers to check out the WRs.

Falcons 4 Life

May 7th, 2010
11:24 am

The QB actually may have a shot….


May 7th, 2010
11:25 am

Thanks FalconFan.

I am so ready for some FALCON FOOTBALL!!!!

A 6-5 DE. Diamond in the rough????? Prop not but a 6-5 DE…..WOW.


May 7th, 2010
11:25 am

Finally, a player from Guelph! Now we’re SB bound fer shure! (sarcasm OFF) Ahh–that’s better… TD is an alumnus of this fine Canadian institution and I’ve been surprised that we haven’t already been mining this rich vein of gridiron talent (dangit, I said sarcasm OFF! what’s with this thing?).
With the Spider QB in camp, does that mean that Shockley is no longer “da man” on the Practice squad? Then what will all the witty GT fans have to joke about?–oh that’s right–kids from other schools getting in trouble! Thankfully, that never happens to youngsters in Atlanta schools….(blast it! This thing seems stuck on smart-ass today). Oh well–Go Falcons!


May 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

Kool E Ward I c ya Great Quaterback swd 4 life


May 7th, 2010
12:40 pm

What about a mini camp report…I’m dyeing over here for scoop!!

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Five Tryout Players at Mini Camp

May 7th, 2010
1:13 pm

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May 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

Thanks for info. Hope Maver can kick the he!! out of it .Falcons need that.

Friend of the DORES

May 7th, 2010
1:29 pm

Steven Stone and family good luck young man. Hope u male it to the big time. Never give up.

Friend of the DORES

May 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

oops. sorry Stoney. I meant to say MAKE it to the big time. Go get em.

rj had the ttalent before injuring knees.not sure if he has enough left but will give his all

May 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

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May 7th, 2010
6:06 pm

Great info, I am really not a fan of Redman. QB are hard to find I hope we get one to goom for a year or 2, we need a good backup. I would like to see big John sign with the Falcons. Whether, we trade or cut a player, he will be an upgrade in my opinion.


May 7th, 2010
9:32 pm

Arman Shields? D-Led: you HAVE to get us more info on him being in minicamp.

He was a 4th round pick by the Raiders a few years ago, but got injured and then released. Blazing fast – had I think the second-fastest 40 time at the Combine.

Is this the same guy? If so, how does he look?


May 8th, 2010
10:10 pm

Those stats on QB Eric Ward are from his Richmond Spiders National Championship season in 2008. He graduated SWD in 2005.

[...] in the unroofed house, we’ll get to evaluate five walk-on freshmen tomorrow, including Eric Ward, pride of Southwest DeKalb, and University of Guelph Gryphons prom king/punter Rob Maver, previously detailed [...]