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24   B.J. Ward
B.J. Ward

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dallas, TX

High School:
Kimball

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 208

Position:
FS


At Florida State: Will compete with Pat Watkins for the starting spot at the free safety position...tied for Florida State's all-time lead with seven blocked kicks during his career...the school's all-time leader with seven blocked field goals -- no other player has blocked more than two field goals as a Seminole ...tied the NCAA record for field goals blocked in a single game with two against Duke in 2002...accounted for seven of Florida State's 10 blocked kicks in the last two years...seven blocked field goals is more than the Seminoles recorded as a team during the decade of the 1990's when the team totaled 28 total blocked kicks including six blocked field goals...Florida State's leading returning tackler from last season and second leading returning career tackler overall...moved from wide receiver after his redshirt freshman season to defensive back in 2002...has undergone shoulder and thumb surgery since arriving at Florida State.

Junior Year (2003): Started 12 of Florida State's 13 games (only non-start came in the Orange Bowl against Miami) at free safety... blocked three field goals (two against Duke and one against Notre Dame) to move into a tie for first in school history with seven blocked kicks during his career...he remained the all-time leader in field goals blocked and moved his career total to seven...ranked third on the team (and first among defensive backs) with a single-season career-high 80 tackles...his tackle total included a career-high 40 unassisted stops and 40 assisted stops...blocked a single-game career-high two field goals in Florida State's 56-9 victory over Duke...became only the second player in school history to block two field goals in one game -- he tied J.T. Thomas who blocked two field goals against Louisville Sept. 12, 1970...first career interception came against Virginia ...recorded a single-game career-high 12 tackles against Miami during the regular season...had a single-game career-high six unassisted tackles against Miami and Florida...his 12 tackles against Miami were tied for the fourth most in a single game by a Seminole player last season...recorded a single-season career-high six pass deflections including a single-game career-high two in the victory over Virginia...also ranked among the team leaders in fumble recoveries with two...most important fumble recovery came against NC State with the game tied at 37 and 2:25 left in regulation...also recovered a fumble against Miami during the regularseason.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in 14 games while starting seven at the free safety position...split the starting assignments with Kyler Hall...finished eighth on the team in tackles with 51 stops...his tackle total included 26 unassisted and 25 assisted tackles...season-high seven tackles came against Wake Forest...blocked field goals came against Iowa State, Maryland, Duke and Wake Forest...his four blocked kicks (field goal or punt) brought him to within one of tying the single-season school record of five by Joe Wessell during the 1984 season...also forced two fumbles.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in nine of Florida State's 11 regular season games as one of the team's most improved wide receivers...finished seventh on the team with six receptions, seventh with 81 receiving yards and sixth with a 13.5 yards per reception average...was one of nine Seminole receivers who caught at least one touchdown pass...first collegiate catch against Wake Forest from quarterback Chris Rix went for a 31-yard touchdown...finished with a career-high three catches for a career-high 66 yards...also had two receptions for 10 yards against Florida and one catch for five yards against NC State...was also a steady special teams performer who recorded four total tackles. 2000: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from Kimball High School in December of 1999 and enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2000...named to PrepStar's Big 12 region Super 30...the No. 3 rated defensive back in the Big 12 region by PrepStar...named to Bill Buchalter's All-Southern Team...considered to be one of the top prep players in the state of Texas during his career... recorded 72 tackles and had three interceptions as a senior... returned all three interceptions for touchdowns...intercepted six passes during his junior season...also earned varsity letters in basketball and track and field...was recruited by nearly every school in the nation and selected Florida State over Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Personal: Born November 4, 1981...major is social science...given first name is Brandon...had gained the nickname "Superfreak" because of his athleticism...is the brother of former Miami Hurricane defensive back Nick Ward.

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