Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald
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Ward's father, Lester Ward Sr., played three seasons as a safety for the Dallas Cowboys.
"He's a long strider, so he works best from the I-formation. The style of running that fits him best is that he is an extremely good downhill runner." -- Glen West, Brenham High coach
The gurus say
One of only three NU recruits pegged as two stars by rivals.com. Scout.com ranks him No. 171 among tailbacks.
Ward is a former track athlete who says he ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash before his senior season. Emerged on the Texas track scene by finishing third in the 110 hurdles as both a freshman and sophomore, and already had high-jumped 6-2 and triple-jumped 42 feet before high school. Ward missed the first six games last fall because of a hamstring injury, but averaged more than 100 yards in the next four. Standing tall and running upright, he's not your typical back -- and some even saw him as something else, possibly a receiver. "Running back is what I want to do," Ward said. "I have a passion for that position." Showed his stuff as a 1,000-yard rusher in 2006 on a Brenham High team stocked with Division I-A recruits. Recruiting services list him in the 185- to 190-pound range, but West said Ward is more like 210
Ward might fit that Cody Glenn-Roy Helu mold as a not-so-heralded back coming into the NU system. Both Glenn and Helu, by the way, got some carries and made some noise as freshmen. Ward was committed to Baylor before picking NU.
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