General: Named the Big Ten's "Best Run Support Cornerback" by The Sporting News prior to the 2004 season ... Possessed NFL-type skills ... With his blend of size and speed, he was projected as a safety prospect at the next level ... Turned in one of his career's best efforts vs. Michigan's Braylon Edwards his senior year ... An injured ankle slowed him during 2002 and at the start of the 2004 season ... Has great anticipation and body control ... Excellent in man-to-man coverage ... Tremendous football instincts ... 40 career breakups -- second-most on NU's all-time list -- and seven career interceptions ... 253 career tackles.
2004: Honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree (media) ... Recipient of NU's Carnig Minasian Citizenship Award ... Ranked second in Big Ten and 14th nationally in passes defended with 17 (first in Big Ten in league games only with 13) ... Led NU vs. TCU with 8 tackles (five solos) and a forced fumble ... Surpassed the 200 mark for career tackles with five hits against Arizona State ... Moved into second place on NU's career pass deflection list with his 25th all-time breakup vs. KU ... Registered eight tackles (four solos) and a breakup at Minnesota ... Equaled a season high with eight hits against Ohio State ... Five tackles and four breakups vs. Indiana ... Two tackles to go along with an interception at Wisconsin ... Three tackles, a deflection and a key interception (12-yard return) -- his second in as many games -- vs. Purdue ... Registered three tackles and three pass deflections at Penn State ... Totaled six tackles, including a 2-yard TFL, as well as two pass deflections vs. Michigan ... Held Heisman Trophy candidate Braylon Edwards to 54 receiving yards ... Seven tackles (six solos) vs. Illinois ... Six tackles, an interception and deflection at Hawaii.
2003: Recipient of NU's Marcel Price Award ... Ranked sixth in Big Ten interceptions (0.31 per game) ... Picked up his second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance against Illinois: eight tackles (seven solos), one breakup and two interceptions, including one that went 69 yards for a win-clinching touchdown ... Had one of his top career performances versus Air Force -- 17 tackles (11 solos) and a fumble recovery ... For his performance, was named the Big Ten's Co-Defensive Player of the Week ... Was a late replacement for Louis Ayeni in the starting lineup ... Had one tackle and a 22-yard interception return in the opener vs. Kansas ... Replaced Marquice Cole at corner at Duke and had three tackles ... Six tackles (four solos) vs. Miami ... Started again at corner vs. Ohio State and totaled three tackles and a pass breakup ... One assisted tackle and a pass deflection vs. Minnesota ... Seven tackles (six solos) and a pass deflection at Indiana ... Six tackles (five solos) and a pass breakup vs. Wisconsin ... Nine tackles (eight solos) and a forced fumble at Purdue ... Seven tackles and a pass breakup vs. Penn State ... Eight tackles (seven solos) vs. Michigan ... Turned in one of NU's top performances in the Motor City Bowl versus Bowling Green: eight solo tackles, a 12-yard interception return and two pass deflections ... Fourth on NU's tackle chart with 84.
2002: Started first two games and Big Ten opener (MSU) at right cornerback ... Eight tackles, including five solos and a TFL, at Air Force ... Two tackles vs. TCU ... One tackle vs. Duke ... Five tackles and a pass breakup at Navy ... Five solo hits at Michigan State ... Seven tackles (five solos) vs. Ohio State ... Four solo tackles at Minnesota ... Three tackles and a pass breakup at PSU ... Four tackles vs. Purdue ... Three tackles vs. Indiana ... One tackle at Iowa ... Two tackles vs. Illinois.
2001: Started the final seven games ... Ranked fifth on team with 55 stops, equaling fellow defensive backs Mark Roush and Raheem Covington in total tackles ... Led NU with 10 pass breakups ... In first collegiate start, responded with seven tackles (six solos) and four pass deflections against Minnesota ... Named team's Defensive Player of the Game for his effort against the Gophers ... Closed redshirt freshman season with a career-high 13 tackles and two pass deflections at Illinois ... Totaled nine tackles and three pass deflections vs. Penn State ... Two solo tackles at Purdue ... Five tackles and a pass deflection at Indiana ... Eight tackles and a forced fumble vs. Iowa ... Four tackles at Duke.
High School: His senior season was his first year playing organized football ... SuperPrep Top 25 in area ... Won team's Outstanding First Year Player Award and Most Improved Player Award ... Started seven games for 12-1 squad, and had five INTs ... Helped team win Maryland 4A state title by returning an interception for a 32-yard touchdown ... Also a three-time letterwinner in basketball and track ... Honor roll for four straight years ... Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Who's Who In Sports ... Recipient of 1999 Washington Redskins Incentive Award ... High school coach was Rick Houchens.
Personal: Born Marvin Rafael Ward on 8/7/82 ... Son of Mattie Ward ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.
The Ward File
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
A: The Apostle Paul
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: Neo in the Matrix
Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
A: My Walk with God
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: To love other people from the inside out
Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
A: The Cosby Show
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: I'm silly and goofy
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is...
Q: The best thing about NU is...
A: The education
Q: The best book I have ever read is...
A: The Bible
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be...
A: Intercepting a pass and scoring the game-winning touchdown
Q: My favorite food is...
A: Crab legs
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be...
A: Playing another sport
Q: In five words or less describe Coach Walker...
A: Sticks to his guns
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
A: Demetrius Eaton
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you like it to be?
A: I would like to be able to play the piano
Ward's Career Statistics
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR
2001 11 43 12 55 0.0 0 10 1 0
2002 12 30 19 49 1.0 1 2 0 0
2003 13 64 20 84 0.0 0 11 1 1
2004 12 43 22 65 2.0 3 17 1 0
TOTALS 48 180 73 253 3.0 4 40 3 1
INT'S G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G
2001 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2002 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2003 13 4 103 1 69 25.8 7.9
2004 12 3 17 0 12 5.7 1.4
TOTALS 48 7 120 1 69 17.1 2.5