Extremely gifted athlete who successfully made the conversion from cornerback to wide receiver last season ... emerged as Cal's best deep threat with his 23.1 yards-per-catch average last year, ranking among Pac-10's leaders ... came to Cal as standout prep quarterback, but was moved to defensive secondary at Berkeley ... internal injury and hamstring problems slowed his development as a sophomore, but he showed flashes of brilliance at wideout during second half of 2001 ... "LaShaun has outstanding speed," said offensive coordinator George Cortez. "During the spring, I think he improved his concentration and catching ability to become a better all-around receiver." ... 2001 ... tracked down 18 passes for 416 yards and four TDs in his last five games after midseason shift from the defensive secondary ... erupted for 135 yards and two touchdowns on four catches vs. Arizona Nov. 3 ... also snared five balls for 86 yards and one TD at Stanford and caught three passes for 78 yards and TD at Rutgers to close out season ... in addition, gained 69 yards on four carries on end-around plays, ranking third behind Terrell Williams and Joe Igber in team rushing ... 2000 ... saw a good amount of action in the first half of the season, mainly in passing situations ... injured in the UCLA game with internal bleeding and sat out the remainder of the season ... still ended the year with 17 tackles, four pass deflections and an interception ... had an interception at Arizona State, which he returned 14 yards ... best game may have been against UCLA when he had three unassisted tackles and a pair of pass deflections ... 1999 ... saw a significant amount of action as a redshirt-freshman ... on the field in almost all nickel and dime alignments ... teamed with Deltha O'Neal as deep backs on Cal's kickoff returns ... finished the year with six kickoff returns for 78 yards (13.0 ypr), including a career-long 32-yarder at Nebraska ... threw the final block on a key interception return for a TD by O'Neal against Rutgers ... recovered a fumble at the Cal 17-yard-line to stop an Arizona State scoring threat ... his first collegiate interception came with just under four minutes left in the Oregon game, giving Cal the ball at the Duck 35-yard-line and a chance to pull out a victory (Cal moved to the Oregon 4-yard-line before the drive was stopped and Oregon escaped with a 24-19 win) ... had an impact on offense as he played wide receiver in spot situations ... caught a 43-yard pass at Washington State and a 55-yard TD pass at BYU ... 1998 ... came to Cal in 1998 and redshirted.
High School/Personal: A multi-talented prep quarterback who was credited with more than 5,000 yards of total offense his final two seasons at Muir HS ... threw for 1,675 yards and ran for 400 more as a senior ... accounted for 24 touchdowns in '97, passing for 18 and running for six ... a member of the Tom Lemming Prep Report All-Far West team as the No. 71 overall prospect in the region ... also on the PrepStar Western Region team, ranking as the No. 3 prospect in the "athlete" category ... earned first team Pacific League and West San Gabriel Valley honors as both a junior and senior ... an honorable mention CIF pick his senior year, while he earned first team CIF honors in '96 ... as a junior, threw for 2,085 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions ... father is a policeman in Pasadena ... recruited by colleges as both a defensive back and quarterback an excellent prep sprinter ... has volunteered to speak as D.A.R.E. classes for the Pasadena Police Department ... sociology major ... parents are Jayce and Esmeralda Ward ... born Sept. 22, 1980 in Pasadena, CA.
Ward's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1999 13 5 18 1-10 0.0 1 3 2000 16 1 17 0-0 0.0 1 4 2001 7 1 8 0 0 1 1 Totals 36 7 43 1-10 0.0 3 8
Year Rec Yds Avg TD Long 1999 2 98 49.0 1 55 2001 18 416 23.1 4 48 Totals 20 514 25.7 5 55