Safety Perrance Ward - All-American

When the JC Grid-Wire All-American list came out, one player who was named first team as a bit of a surprise was East Mississippi S Perrance Ward (6-1, 210). caught up with the talented safety and he said while he's flattered by his lofty status, he's not ready to just sit back and let the game come to him...

Ward prepped at West Point (Ms.) High School and was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he headed to East Mississippi and will don a Lions uniform for the first time on Thursday.

"I graduated in 2008 and enrolled at our other campus," Ward recalled. "I wasn't thinking about playing football at that point, but then once it was getting close I was like 'how can I give the game up, I love it too much' so I enrolled here at (Scooba) and went all through fall camp.

"As we got into game week for our first game, I found out I had to sit out because of transfer rules, so I didn't play last year.

"This is my year to show what I can do, so I'm going to make the most of it."

This fall, Ward is projected to man the free safety position in the Lions' secondary where he can use his outstanding instincts and 4.34 speed to make a difference in the deep third. However, he said it's a tough decision on what he would do if he was presented with the option of "blowing up" and opponent or getting an interception.

"I probably would get the pick just because it gets our offense back on the field and gives us a chance to score," Ward admitted before adding, "But, if I figure out I can't make a play on the ball, then I'm going to let that receiver know that I'm there and he won't like what I have to say about it."

Because he doesn't have any film for schools to go on, Ward knows he has to have a great start to the season.

"We open this Thursday against Mississippi Gulf Coast and they have a great team," Ward said. "We've got a good team too though and we've been working hard, even when we're not under the eye of our coaches. We know we have a lot of big-time potential, but you have to put in the work -- like watching film, working on your footwork and stuff like that -- in order to realize your full potential."

Ward noted that during the spring and summer, he had some correspondence with Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Southern Miss and that all four have told him they want to see his first three games before they would consider offering him.

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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