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#52 Jess Ward
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 296
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Running Springs, CA
High School: Rim of the World
Experience: 4 Letters

2009 - Saw action in 13 games with three starts (Oregon State, Washington, Washington State) ... Totaled a career-best 25 tackles for the season ... Credited with one stop in the opener against San Diego State ... Made one tackle at Tennessee ... Had three tackles versus Kansas State ... Made one tackle at Stanford ... Totaled two stops against Oregon ... Made one tackle against Cal ... Started at Oregon State and made a career-best six tackles, one for loss ... Started and was credited with three stops versus Washington ... Had one tackle for loss and a pass break up in a start at Washington State ... Made three tackles, 1.0 for loss off the bench against Arizona State ... Had two tackle assists at USC ... Registered one tackle assist in the bowl win over Temple.

2008 - Appeared in seven games off the bench ... Saw practice time on both offensive (guard) and defensive sides (tackle) of the ball ... Ended up on defense to finish the season and totaled six tackles ... Played, but did not record a tackle at Oregon ... Made one stop and had an interception against Stanford ... Credited with four tackles, which tied his career-best total, in the game at Cal ... Saw action, but did not make a tackle at Washington ... Did not see action against Oregon State or Arizona State ... Had one stop versus USC.

2007 - Appeared in 10 games with six starts along the defensive line ... Had a tackle assist at Stanford ... Made the first start of his career at Utah and had two tackles ... Made a tackle against BYU ... Started against Washington and made four tackles, including 0.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss ... Started against Oregon State and made three tackles ... Started against Notre Dame and made two tackles ... Started versus California and had one assist before suffering a partial tear of the posterior collateral ligament in his left knee ... Did not play versus Washington State, Arizona or Arizona State ... Came back to start versus Oregon but left the game early because of his left knee ... Came off the bench versus USC and had four tackles, including one for loss ... Did not play in the Las Vegas Bowl due to his knee injury.

2006 - Ward appeared in seven games, playing double figure defensive snaps twice ... Made five tackles, including 0.5 sacks ... Had two tackles versus Stanford and recorded his sack assist against Arizona ... Made one tackle against Washington State ... Had one stop versus USC. 2005 - Did not see action in his first season in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football as a defensive end, linebacker, offensive lineman and kicker at Rim of the World HS in Lake Arrowhead, CA for coach Bob Gradillas ... Three-star selection by scout.com ... Third-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... All-CIF Southern Section first team on offense ... All-CIF-SS Division VIII on offense ... Two-star selection by rivals.com ... L.A. Times All-Desert/Mountain and Desert/Mountain Lineman of the Year ... As a senior, he was named Mojave River League Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned All-County honors from the San Bernardino Sun ... Credited with 85 tackles in his senior season, when he played defensive line and linebacker ...Graded out at 97% as an offensive lineman ... Selected first-team All-League as an offensive lineman ... Named team's Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Lineman ... Selected as team's all-around Defensive MVP ... As a junior, he was selected first-team All-League as a defensive lineman and second-team as an offensive lineman ... Also named team's defensive lineman MVP ... Named All-Area by the Press-Enterprise ... As a sophomore, he was named second team All-League as an offensive and defensive lineman ... Lettered three seasons in track (shot put and discus) for coach Monk Smith.

PERSONAL - Full Name: Jess Alan Ward ... Born: December 22, 1986 in La Jolla, CA ... Parents: Steven and Christine Ward ... Has one sister, Stefani ... Lists NFL standout defensive lineman Julius Peppers as the famous athlete he admires and patterns his style of play after ...Hobbies include snowboarding and hanging out with friends ... History is his favorite class ... Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2009 ... History major.

Statistics
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2006

5

4-1

0.5-5

0.5-5

0-0

2007

18

12-6

0.5-0

3.5-10

0-0

2008

6

4-2

0-0

0-0

1-0 (0)

2009

25

11-14

0-0

3.5-9

0

Totals

54

31-23

1.0-5

7.5-24

1-0 (0)

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 6 at Oregon State, 2009
Sacks: 0.5 v. Wash., 2007; at Arizona, 2006
Tackles for Loss: 2.5 vs. Washington, 2007

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