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

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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