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Demetrius Ward

Class: Senior
Position: LB
Height: 6-1
Weight: 240

Previous School: Phoebus HS

Hometown: Hampton, Va.

An Inside Look from the Coaching Staff
• Moved from linebacker to defensive end this spring
• Defensive end may be his true home, as he is playing much faster
• Made a lot of plays and was disruptive during the spring
• A lot of energy and passion, he has one gear: full go

2011 (Jr.)
• Appeared in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker
• Posted 28 tackles (15 solo, 13 assisted) with two tackles for loss and one sack
• One of seven Flames with at least one tackle in every game during season
• Had multiple tackles in every Big South game
• Set career high with four tackles (one solo, three assisted) and a sack against Robert Morris
• Recorded a tackle for loss during three-stop game against Kentucky Wesleyan
• Tied career high with four tackles at Charleston Southern
• Closed out season with four tackles at Stony Brook
• Helped Liberty's defense finish the season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game)
• Flames finished No. 32 in red zone defense (74.2 percent) and No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards per game)

2010 (So.)
• Saw playing time in all 11 games
• Had a breakout year as he came into the season with five career tackles
• 14 of his 17 tackles came against Big South opponents
• Finished with a season-best three stops against Charleston Southern, VMI and Gardner-Webb
• Also tied a season-best with two solo stops against Charleston Southern, VMI and Presbyterian College
• Recorded his first career sack with a three-yard tackle for a loss against Presbyterian College
• Had his first career fumble recovery against Charleston Southern
• Helped the Flames finish the season ranked No. 20 nationally in rushing defense
• Also led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in total defense (309.18 yards allowed per game) and No. 24 in scoring defense (20.81 points per game)

2009 (Fr.)
• Saw playing time in eight games as a true freshman
• Finished the year with five tackles, including four assisted stops
• Two stops each against West Virginia Wesleyan and VMI
• Added an assisted tackle against Coastal Carolina
• Picked up a fumble and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown during a road victory at Gardner-Webb

• Three-year letterwinner from Phoebus High School
• Helped Phoebus High School to state championships during his sophomore and senior seasons and the state semifinals during his junior campaign
• First team all-district and all-region as a senior
• Helped the Phantoms post nine shutouts and hold opponents to 53 total points en route to 2008 title run
• Phoebus was ranked No. 3 nationally by RivalsHigh.com
• Finished his senior season ranked No. 69 in the Roanoke Times Top 100 annual listing
• Also played basketball

• Son of Derrick and JoAnn Ward
• Birthday is Jan. 4
• Majoring in communications with a broadcasting focus