Hawkeyes open 2015 season Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11:01 a.m.
Six members of the Iowa Hawkeyes visited patients at the Tampa General Hospital on Saturday.
2013 - - Redshirted after joining program as a walk-on.
High school honors - - Earned first team all-conference and all-area honors as a senior . . . Career - - helped prep team advance to state playoffs as a junior and senior . . . recorded 82 tackles as a senior . . . returned one of two interceptions for a touchdown and recovered two fumbles . . . also had eight punt returns for 112 yards . . . recorded 88 tackles as a junior, along with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries . . . two-year football letterman who also lettered three years in track (400-meters).
Personal - - Born 12/12/94 . . . open major . . . member of National Honor Society and High Honor Roll as a prep . . . earned academic all-state honors . . . parents are Laurel and Brian Ward . . . his father, Brian, played college football at Illinois . . . brother of sophomore OL Ryan Ward . . . high school coach was Mark Coglianese.