Assistant coaches Brian Ferentz and Reese Morgan meet with the media
Brian Ferentz stresses consistency with the Hawkeye lineman
Head coach Kirk Ferentz addressed the media today inside the Hayden Fry Football Complex
Game notes: at Northwestern
Freshman lineman becomes 15th member of group
The Hawkeye football team held their first practice in Tampa today and former Hawkeye Adrian Clayborn stopped by.
Hawk-Item - - One of two sophomores named to 2014 Leadership Group . . . one of two redshirt freshmen named to 2013 Leadership Group.
2014 Honors - - Academic All-Big Ten . . . 2014 - - saw action in 31-23 win over Northern Iowa as offense gained 401 yards total offense . . . saw action in 17-13 win over Ball State as offense gained 455 yards total offense . . . saw action in 20-17 loss to Iowa State . . . saw action in 24-20 win at Pittsburgh . . . saw action in 24-10 win at Purdue as offense gained 420 yards total offense . . . saw action in 45-29 win over Indiana as offense gained 426 yards total offense . . . saw action in 38-31 loss at Maryland as offense gained 433 yards total offense . . . saw action in 51-14 loss at Minnesota . . . saw action in 30-14 win at Illinois as offense rushed for 304 yards and gained 587 yards total offense . . . saw action in 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin as offense gained 412 yards total offense against top-ranked defense in the nation . . . saw action in 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska . . . did not see action in 45-28 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee.
2013 - - Saw action on offensive line in three games . . . saw first career action in 59-3 win over Western Michigan as offense gained 446 yards total offense and rushed for over 200 yards in fourth straight game . . . saw action in 38-14 win at Purdue as offense rushed for 318 yards and gained 509 yards total offense . . . saw action at right tackle in 38-17 win at Nebraska.
2012 - - Redshirted.
High school honors - - Named an Army All-American . . . first team all-state, all-conference and all-area as a senior . . . Career - - four-year letterman as offensive lineman . . . helped prep team to state playoffs as sophomore and senior, including state runner-up finish as a sophomore . . . team captain as a senior . . . also two-year wrestling letterman.
Personal - - Born 8/07/93 . . . human physiology major . . . Illinois Coaches Association Academic All-State . . . member of National Honor Society . . . AP Scholar . . . member of prep High Honor roll . . . parents are Laurel and Brian Ward . . . his father, Brian, played college football at Illinois . . . brother of redshirt freshman DB Kevin Ward . . . high school coach was Mark Coglianese.