WORTH NOTING: A bruising ball carrier ... competing for playing time at fullback after making the move from tailback to fullback during the 2001 spring practice period ... one of eight true freshmen to play for UVa in 2000 (along with Rich Bedesem, Almondo Curry, Andrew Hoffman, Raymond Mann, Michael McGrew, Art Thomas and Jamaine Winborne).
AT VIRGINIA: 2000—Played in five regular season games and against Georgia in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl as a reserve tailback … saw the first action of his career against Duke … carried seven times for 33 yards in his debut … rushed for 15 yards vs. Clemson, 14 vs. Wake Forest and 18 vs. Maryland … did not play in any regular season contests after a brief appearance vs. Florida State ... caught two passes for seven yards against Georgia in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner in football at Poway High School ... played running back, linebacker and defensive end for head coach Paul Lopez ... PrepStar All-American and second-team All-American by USA Today as a senior ... also earned All-West Coast honors his senior year ... named All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) by the San Diego Union Tribune and All-Region by Gridiron Greats, PrepStar and SuperPrep his junior and senior seasons ... three-time All-Palomar League selection ... #25-rated running back prospect in the nation and #3 on West Coast by Student Sports ... listed as the 40th best prospect in the Far West by SuperPrep after the 1999 season ... listed among "Rising Stars" in Gridiron Greats in 1998 ... named to All-MLO All-Strength Team three times ... team captain as a senior ... twice won team’s "Best Back" Award ... received Poway High School’s Golden Cleat Award (1000+ yards rushing in a season) as a sophomore, junior and senior ... carried the ball 153 times for 1,070 yards and 13 touchdowns in just eight games his senior season, missing five games due to injury ... ran for 1,079 yards as a sophomore and 1,010 yards as a junior ... finished his career as Poway’s all-time leading rusher with 3,966 yards (6.51 yards per carry average) ... established numerous other school records, including: most yards rushing in a season; most points scored in a game, season and career; and most touchdowns in a game and season ... defensively for his career, he posted 34 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and recovered two fumbles ... Poway advanced to the CIF quarterfinals twice (1997 and 1998) and semifinals once (1999) during Ward’s career ... also competed in track & field ... 2000 CIF state champion and two-team Palomar League champion in the discus ... finished sixth in the state and 20th in the nation in 1999 ... school record-holder in the discus ... team MVP ... joins Sharif Rosales-Webb as Cavaliers who hail from California.
PERSONAL: Jonathan Michael Ward ... born 3-9-82 in San Diego, Calif. ... son of Michael and Tracey Ward ... has three brothers, Stephen (15), Christopher (13) and Anthony (10), and two sisters, Kate (14) and Kathryn (11) ... Honor Roll student at Poway High School.