Will compete with Eugene Sigmund and Sean Young for the starting spot at tight end ? Outstanding athlete with good agility and quickness ? Also contributes on special teams ? Has played in 35 career games, starting 14 times.
2001: Played in all 11 games on the season, drawing three starts ? Caught five passes on the year for 34 yards ? Also made two tackles on special teams ? Made three receptions for 20 yards against New Hampshire ? Had a catch for eight yards at Villanova ? Caught a pass for six yards at Maine.
2000: Played in every game of the season at tight end, starting nine times ? Caught four passes on the season for 40 yards ? Made one reception for 30 yards at New Hampshire ? Caught a pass for three yards against Hofstra ? Had a reception for five yards against New Haven, while also recording one tackle on special teams ? Caught one pass for two yards against William & Mary.
1999: Played in every game of the season as a backup tight end and on special teams ? Started against Villanova and Maine ? Caught a pass for seven yards at William & Mary, while also making one tackle ? Recorded his first career reception at Toledo for 15 yards ? Made one tackle against New Hampshire.
Before UMass: Played for Mike Pettine at Central Bucks West High School ? Starter at tight end and defensive end in high school ? Led Central Bucks West to a perfect 15-0 record and the Pennsylvania state championship during his senior season ? His high school was ranked No. 4 in the USA Today final national rankings ? Excellent blocking tight end who helped his team rush for over 500 yards in the state championship game, setting a Pennsylvania state title game record ? Recorded 104 tackles (40 solo) with seven sacks and 11 pass breakups from his defensive end post as a senior ? First team All-Philadelphia Area and first team All-Suburban 1 Power 10 League selection during his senior season ? Second team All-League pick at defensive end as a senior ? Also lettered in both basketball and volleyball.
Personal: Full name is Gregory Thomas Ward ? Son of Thomas and Judy Ward ? Born December 26, 1979, in Abington, Pa. ? Attended the same high school as senior linebacker Corey Potter ? Majoring in Sociology.
Ward?s Receiving Statistics
Ward?s Career Highs
Receptions 3 vs. New Hampshire, 10/13/01 Receiving Yards 30 vs. New Hampshire, 10/28/00 Long Reception 30 vs. New Hampshire, 10/28/00 All-Purpose Yards 30 vs. New Hampshire, 10/28/00