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Central Michigan Running Back Jonathan Ward is a Homerun Hitter

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To beat Central Michigan on September 1, Kentucky must contain No. 5.

Running back Jonathan Ward is the Chippewas’ most dangerous offensive weapon.  Last season he was a Second Team All-MAC selection after rushing for 1,017 yards, the third-highest mark in the MAC.  Ward averaged 5.7 yards per carry and scored ten touchdowns for the eight-win team.

Excellent in space, it’s hard to catch Ward once he gets by the second level of the defense.  Last year he scored on plays of 79 and 54 yards, and in Saturday’s scrimmage he went untouched on a 70-yard score.

Those numbers are great, but you’re probably thinking to yourself, “It’s just the MAC. Who cares how good this Ward guy was against a bunch of nobodies.”  Pump those brakes.

Kentucky shared a common 2017 opponent with Central Michigan: Eastern Michigan.  In September, EMU held Benny Snell to only 75 yards rushing yards and one touchdown on 21 carries (3.6 yards per carry).  The Cats squeaked by EMU with a 24-20 win.  When CMU played Eastern Michigan a month later, Ward ran for a season-high 159 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (8.4 ypc) in a 42-30 victory.  This guy is the real deal.

As is with every highlight, watch these on mute.

What makes Ward even more dangerous is his pass-catching ability.  Last season he caught 48 passes (3.7 per game) for 470 yards (that’s 9.8 yards per reception) and a touchdown.  With first-time starter   Tony Poljan under center, the Chippewas will lean on the junior running back to ignite the offense.  Kentucky must suffocate Ward before he can bust a big play for a score.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Central Michigan Running Back Jonathan Ward is a Homerun Hitter

  1. Bill3
    11:46 am August 20, 2018 Permalink

    You’re right. He’s the real deal. You have to wrap him up to tackle him. He runs through arm tackles and has the quickness laterally to move a tackler out of position. You don’t want to end up waving at him after one of his moves.

  2. sardiscat
    11:47 am August 20, 2018 Permalink

    In last year’s EMU game, a high percentage of Snell’s carries were from the Wildcat formation where he was running against a 10 man box with only 7 blockers in front of him and EMU did not have to worry whatsoever about a pass. His per carry average went up significantly later in the season when a much smaller percentage of his carries were in the Wildcat.

  3. KYjellyRoll
    12:41 pm August 20, 2018 Permalink

    Good observation

  4. CombatMedic_98
    1:02 pm August 20, 2018 Permalink

    Are you kidding? This dude is a joke! Look at who they are playing and how they are tackling…not even worth posting something to “spook” us before the game Nick…come on dude!

  5. CombatMedic_98
    1:02 pm August 20, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe their Punter averages 50 you also…whhhhhoooooooo

    3:19 pm August 20, 2018 Permalink

    As long as he isn’t a running Quarterback we should be good…

  7. dismore
    4:15 pm August 20, 2018 Permalink

    Nice lyrics in the video.

  8. Le Docteur
    5:32 pm August 20, 2018 Permalink

    Didn’t Southern Miss have a new QB and a stud running back in last year’s game, too? I like how that worked out for us.