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Jimmy Ward S 5' 11 192 lbs

Round Drafted: 
North Illinois

A semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back...Leads the team in tackles with 77 including 50 solo stops...Leads NIU in passes defended (14) and interceptions (6)...Broke up three passes and made three tackles against Western Michigan (11-26)...Made a highlight reel interception and 10 tackles at Toledo (11-20)...Tallied three solo tackles, including a sack at UMass...Accounted for seven tackles, including a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and picked off a pass at Kent State (10-5)... Recorded four tackles and his fifth interception of the season versus Akron (10/12)...Tallied a team-high nine tackles and recorded his first career interception for a touchdown picking off Danny Etling and returning it 62 yards for a touchdown at Purdue (9-28)...Set up the game-winning field goal in the season opener when he intercepted Jake Rudock with 1:24 to play and the game tied at 27-27 with a cast on his left hand at Iowa (8-31)...Added a team-high 13 tackles at Iowa...Recorded nine tackles at Idaho (9-14)...Leads the team and the league in interceptions with five...Tallied eight tackles, including seven solo stops, and an interception against Eastern Illinois (9-21)...Made five tackles and broke up one pass at Central Michigan.