Ward makes the most of his opportunities

He was named one of the top JUCO safety prospects in the country and East Mississippi's Perrance Ward (6-1, 210) has lived up to the hype by putting up solid numbers for a Lions squad that has struggled to a 2-4 record. Even though his team was eliminated from the state playoffs with last week's 49-42 loss to NE Mississippi, the talented DB said he's still focused on finishing up strong...

"It's real disappointing that we aren't going to make the playoffs, but we have to keep playing hard and try and get wins the next three games to finish about .500," Ward told JCFootball.com. "We've played well at times, but we've been inconsistent.

"I think we are better than our record shows, but other teams made the plays to win the games, so it is what it is."

Ward redshirted last season, so getting on the field for the first time six weeks ago was a welcomed change for the talented defensive back.

"It felt good getting back out there," Ward said. "I'm playing free safety most of the time, but we play a 'two-high' scheme, so I can end up playing both."

This season, Ward has been solid as the Lions' last line of defense, posting 36 tackles while hawking four interceptions.

On the recruiting front, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Southern Miss along with Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Iowa State have all shown interest and he may be close to setting up visits with three of those programs.

"It's very possible I could be visiting Memphis soon," Ward said. "They've been recruiting me pretty hard.

"Kentucky and Western Kentucky have been talking to me about visits too, but I haven't really sat down and looked at when I can do that."

Ward is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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