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At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, Ward welcomes the challenge of playing for a coach with a background at his position. Before high school, Ward said he had never played center. His main position was left tackle. Ward said his transition to a center wasn’t an easy one.
“It was a real challenge for me at first because I couldn’t shotgun snap and it was an adjustment to have someone right over me,” he said. “It was a nervous experience [starting] but the seniors at the time were very helpful in the process.”
Ward, a three-year starter, is one of two returning starters on the offensive line. Senior left tackle Nolan Bowerman, also a three-year starter, will anchor the line with Ward to help open holes and protect quarterback Drew Cassens.