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Three first-team All-Americans in 2017; Seventh consecutive year with multiple All-Americans
Award winning center Billy Price and CB Denzel Ward honored by AP this year; Nick Bosa 2nd team
Nick Bosa earns Walter Camp second team honors
Ohio State Overview: Ward played three seasons with the Buckeyes before electing to forego his senior season to make himself available for the 2018 NFL Draft. This after he had an outstanding junior season in 2017, earning consensus All-America honors and first-team all-Big Ten accolades after recording 17 passes defensed with 15 pass break-ups and two interceptions, including one interception in the Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin. The 17 passes defended is the fourth-highest single season total in school history. Ward had five pass break-ups, and six passes defensed, in the season opener against Indiana and he made one of the biggest plays of the year in the 39-38 win over Penn State: blocking a fourth-quarter punt with the Buckeyes down by 15. The play led to a touchdown and the start of a remarkable, 18-point comeback win for Ohio State over the No. 2 team in the nation. Ward’s season also included 37 total tackles in his 13 starts. For his career, Ward played in 38 games and had 57 tackles and 26 passes defended, including two interceptions. He was majoring in sport industry.
Honors and Awards
2017: First-team All-American (Associated Press, AFCA and The Sporting News), all-Big Ten Conference (media)
2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)
Notable: Ward is vying to become the fourth Ohio State cornerback taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in the last three years, after Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans) and Gareon Conley (Oakland) were selected in 2017 and Eli Apple (New York Giants) in 2016. No school has ever had three first round cornerbacks taken in two NFL Drafts and it is safe to write that no team has ever had four cornerbacks taken in three drafts. #DBU!
More on Denzel: Ward helped lead Nordonia to a 14-1 record and the Division II state championship game in 2014 by starring on defense with nine interceptions and 18 pass break-ups and on offense with more than 1,300 total yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named the Division II co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press all-state selection, and he was also named Cleveland.com’s defensive player of the year. He totaled 14 interceptions in 2013 and 2014 combined and was rated a 4-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports. He was a multiple state qualifier in track and field as part of Nordonia’s 4x400-meter relay and as a long jumper. He is the son of Nicole and the late Paul Ward.
WARD'S CAREER HIGHS
Interceptions: 1, at Indiana, Aug 31, 2017; vs Wisconsin, Dec 02, 2017
Tackles: 8, at Michigan, Nov 25, 2017 (7-1)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, UNLV, Sep 23, 2017 (1-0); at Rutgers, Sep 30, 2017 (1-0)
Pass breakups: 5, at Indiana, Aug 31, 2017
Blocked punts: 1, Penn State, Oct 28, 2017
Blocked kicks: 1, Michigan, Nov 25, 2017