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Tony Ward

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Beaumont, Texas

High School:
Ozen

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 198

Position:
S

Experience:
1L

2006: Started all six games he played in ... Made 38 tackles ... Had 0.5 tackles for loss ... Broke up one pass ... Had a season-high 11 tackles against Bowling Green.

2005: Played in all 11 games, starting eight ... Finished the season fourth on the team and second among defensive backs in tackles with 69 ... Recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, three pass breakups, and a fumble recovery ... Started the last five games of the season ... Made his first collegiate start against Pittsburgh ... Had a career-high 11 tackles against Toledo ... Made a career-high six assisted tackles against Northwestern ... Also recovered a fumble on the goal line versus the Wildcats ... Had his first career interception against Kent State.

2004: Was forced to abandon redshirt season when injuries created void at free safety ... Played in two games as backup during that period ... First collegiate tackle came versus Buffalo ... Also played in Ohio's upset victory at Kentucky.

HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time winner of the Port Arthur News' Defensive Player of the Year Award and a two-time selection to their Super Team ... Was voted Defensive Player of the Year in District 20-4A after recording 72 tackles as a senior ... Also made five interceptions, recovered two fumbles and was credited with 13 breakups ... Was selected as a finalist for the Willie Ray Smith Award, given to the outstanding offensive and defensive players in Southeast Texas .... Helped the Panthers to a playoff appearance in 2001 and the district championship in 2002 ... Earned two letters as the starting point guard in basketball and three letters as the baseball team's starting centerfielder.

PERSONAL: Majoring in recreation management ... Son of Willie and Brenda Ward ... Is the cousin and high school teammate of current Bobcat cornerback T.J. Wright.