Name: Jonathan Ward
School: Central Michigan
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
1100+ rushing yards 300+ receiving 16 tds, help turn the team around, conference championship, bowl game (even though we did not win), become team captain, grow closer with teammates, coaches.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
They would say I am a hard nose tough player that demands excellence not only from himself but his teammates as well. Holds everyone accountable including self. Selfless, competitive as they come.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
I study the whole defense I break them down into groups from D line, LB’s and then secondary. Seeing who the most dominant D linemen is to their favorite pass rush moves, most dominant LB to their run fit stops, and tendencies to when they’re blitzing to what their favorite blitz move is. And the secondary to see who is willing to tackle and who isn’t, and what tendencies they give away when bringing corner blitzes.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My versatility, I’m able to line up at WR, Slot and run smooth fluid routes like that is my primary position along with my catching ability. Also being able to make consistent plays from those positions along with RB. Also being able to sniff out blitzes is an advantage i have, i understand safety rotations better than most.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
To just stay in the best shape I can and sharpening my skills and try to get as close to as perfection as possible, work on ball security and pass protection technique. Along with improving balance to excel at the next level when the opportunity is presented.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Being versatile, bringing a different style of play to the team and league when it comes to the RB position. Just a true do it all type of player whether that’s on offense of special teams. Just the guy that makes those plays that stand out whenever he’s in the game and practice. Always have a professional demeanor so understanding there are more eyes on you off the field than there are when you’re on the field. Also the type of guy that’s known around the community in a positive way
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
A guy that’s been over looked at every level but comes to work day in and day out, makes production whenever I get the chance. Always exceed expectations and become the “diamond in the rough” guy. I carry that chip on my shoulder for motivation to always prove that I’m just as good as anyone else and even better. I’m never satisfied and I bring worth ethic of multiple men. My chances have always been slim so I make the most of the opportunity when i get one.