Position:S Class: Sr School:
Big Ten Ht., Wt.: 5'11, 200 40 Time: 4.71 Grade: 3.1
BIO: Three-year starter who led the team in tackles last year with 96/3/5 after junior totals of 116/2/5.
POSITIVES: Explosive run-stuffing safety best playing downhill. Physical, displays a terrific burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene. Hard-hitting and wraps up tackling. Solid nose for the ball and quick to diagnose. Does not have a big frame yet strong for his size.
NEGATIVES: Lacks cover skills, loses opponents in deep coverage and does not make many plays when the ball's in the air.
ANALYSIS: Much like former Gopher Tyrone Carter, Ward is a run first/run only safety and his best chance would be in a zone-type system.