Greg Ward Jr took the college football world by storm in 2015 passing for 2590 yards and 16 touchdowns, not to mention rushing for over a thousand yards as well. Houston won the American Athletic Conference and defeated #9 Florida State in the Peach Bowl to cap off an amazing year.
Despite being in the AAC Ward lit up schools in the Power 5 conferences all year. He threw for three touchdowns against Louisville in September. Ward and the Cougars hung 34 on Vanderbilt’s defense that had only given up 30 combined points in the three game before their game with Houston.
At 5’10 Ward is a little undersized for a QB. He is similar to Denard Robinson who was a dual threat QB in college that eventually became a running back in the NFL. Ward may have to switch to running back to play at the next level due to his size.
Still only a junior it’s thought that Ward will come back next year for his senior season under head coach Tom Herman who is also staying put at Houston. With Both coming back Houston could be in the top 5 preseason polls in 2016 and have a shot at getting in the College Football Playoff next year. It’s also not a stretch to think that Ward would have a shot at being a finalist for the Heisman as long as he has a great year and the Cougars are in the Top 10.
Brad Kaaya from Miami, JT Barrett from Ohio State and Deshaun Watson from Clemson are thought to be the other top QBs in the 2017 draft.