176 lbs.
Moultrie, Ga.
High School
Colquitt County HS

2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll

Made the switch from cornerback to safety during the spring and made an immediate impact … Coming off an outstanding spring and heads into 2021 as the starting free safety for the Tigers … Has a knack for finding the football and coming up with the big play … Tremendous hand-eye coordination and ball skills, which was evident in his highlight reel interception against Florida in 2020 when he fell out of bounds, re-established himself inbounds and then intercepted a pass on his knees … Also thrives on special teams – blocked a field goal in fourth quarter against Arkansas that helped preserve LSU win in 2020 … For career, has appeared in 22 games with three starts … 33 career tackles, nine pass breakups and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Ole Miss in 2020 … Member of the 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Appeared in nine games with three starts as a sophomore in 2020 … Started three of LSU’s final four games … Starts came against Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss … Finished year with 29 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions … Also blocked a field goal … Had great all-around game in win over Florida with career-best eight tackles and first career interception … Made a highlight reel interception against Florida after falling out of bounds, then re-established himself inbounds to pick off the Kyle Trask pass from his knees … That interception halted a Florida drive inside the LSU 20-yard line … In win over Arkansas, came off the edge to block a 44-yard field goal attempt that helped preserve LSU victory … At the time of the blocked field goal, LSU was clinging to a 27-24 lead with 1:20 left in the contest … Closed out season with six tackles and two interceptions in win over Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium … Returned a first quarter interception vs. Ole Miss 31 yards for a TD to give the Tigers a 10-7 lead … Picked off a pass in the third quarter against Ole Miss and returned it 16 yards to the Rebel 44-yard line setting up another LSU touchdown … Opened season with five tackles and career-best three pass breakups against Mississippi State.

Saw action in 13 games in 2019 … Recorded four tackles, broke up three passes and had a quarterback hurry … Had two pass breakups in LSU’s win over Oklahoma in the national semifinals …. One tackle each in games against Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama and Arkansas … Contributed on special teams as well … Quarterback hurry came against Florida.

Another extremely athletic defensive back in LSU’s 2019 class … Led his team to a 14-1 record and an appearance in the Georgia 7A State Championship Game as a senior … Capped his senior season with 50 tackles and six interceptions … As a junior, recorded 46 tackles, 12 pass breakups and four interceptions … Capped career with 11 interceptions … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN … Ranked No. 50 nationally among cornerbacks by 247Sports and No. 57 nationally by Rivals … Older brother Johnny Ward played football at South Florida, where he played in 47 games with 18 starts from 2013-16 … Coached by Rush Propst.

Jay Ward’s Career Highs
Tackles: 8 at Florida, 2020
Interceptions: 2 vs. Ole Miss, 2020
Pass Breakups: 3 vs. Mississippi State, 2020
Blocked field goals: 1 at Arkansas, 2020

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