Fresno State: Strong, powerful back with breakaway speed ? looking to regain the form of his freshman year, when he was one of the top backs in the WAC ? was very strong last year as a member of the scout team ? worked his way back onto the playing squad by practicing hard last year and by shoring up his academics ? has the ability to pick up the tough yards but can also out-run defensive backs when he gets into the clear. (2001) Was a member of the scout team and did not see any time in games ? was named Scout Team Player of the Year at the team awards banquet. (2000) Played in seven games, starting three ? was hampered by a knee injury during the middle of the season and missed five games ? his best game was against SMU, against which he had a season-high 79 yards on 13 carries and both FS touchdowns, including a 53-yarder which put the Bulldogs ahead 7-0 ? scored two touchdowns in the victory against Nevada ? finished fourth on the team with 216 yards on 50 carries ? his four touchdowns was tied for the team high among running backs ? his 53-yard touchdown run against Hawai'i was the longest of the season by a Bulldog. (1999) Was one of the premier freshmen in the WAC ? selected Freshman All-America by the Football News ? played the middle part of the season with a broken right hand and still finished as the team's leading rusher ? carried 147 times for 875 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns ? averaged 6.0 yards per carry ? had an 86-yard run against Nevada, the fourth-longest in school history ? had a 75-yard run against Colorado State, the seventh longest in school history ? blocked two punts as part of the special teams unit, both going for touchdowns ? ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State ? rushed for a Fresno State freshman record 176 yards against Nevada ? earned honorable mention All-WAC honors. (1998) Sat out the 1998 season to fulfill NCAA eligibility requirements.
High School: a 1998 graduate of Valley View (Moreno Valley, Calif.) High School ... rushed the ball 113 times for over 1,100 yards with 17 touchdowns ... also had 973 yards receiving as a senior ... scored six touchdowns in one game (five receiving, one rushing) ... named the Sun Belt League Offensive MVP ... also named to the All-CIF and All-Riverside County teams ... was a two-time team MVP who led his squad to an 8-4 record as a senior.
Personal: Born Aug. 30, 1980, in Los Angeles, Calif. ... son of Terrie and Derrick Ward ... has one sister, Tamika ... cousin J.R. Redmond played for Arizona State ... nickname is D-Ward ... lists Ricky Williams as his favorite athlete because he represents the true meaning of a running back.
Rushing Statistics Year G-GS TC Yds Avg. TD LG 1999 13-4 147 875 6.0 7 86 2000 7-3 50 216 4.3 4 53 2001 Did not play Totals 20-7 197 1,091 5.5 11 86