Northwestern State’s Myles Ward honorably mentioned on HERO Sports Freshman All-America Team

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Redshirt freshman Myles Ward was honorably mentioned on the HERO Sports Freshman All-America Team released Monday.

Ward was the leading kickoff returner in the Southland Conference with a 25.6-yard average on 28 returns this season. He ranked 21st among FCS players.

The Harvey native was known for flipping field position in his first season as NSU’s main returner, but his 94-yard kickoff return to start the second half against Stephen F. Austin flipped the entire game in a 35-23 Demons win.

Trailing by nine at the half, Ward’s return sparked three straight touchdowns as NSU won the season finale.

“Myles found a role on this team in which he could be successful,” said NSU football coach Brad Laird. “He has a knack for returning kicks.

“With the new fair catch rule (offenses can start at the 25-yard line), a lot of teams might have been de-emphasizing the kickoff return. But it was the exact opposite for us because we wanted to take advantage of Myles as a returner. He helped us win games, none more than the last game against SFA in which he changed the momentum.”

Ward had three kickoff returns of at least 50 yards, including a 58-yarder against Nicholls and a 53-yarder against Central Arkansas.