Sophomore running back Ward succeeds 1,000 yards in 2017


Sophomore running back Jonathan Ward runs with the ball during the football game against the University of Rhode Island on Aug. 31 in Kelly / Shorts Stadium.

Even though the Central Michigan football team lost 37-14 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Wyoming, sophomore running back Jonathan Ward etched his name in the history books. 

For the first time since Dan LeFevour in 2007, Ward ran for over 1,000 yards in a single season. 

In the 2007 season, LeFevour completed 355-of-543 passes for 3,652 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he logged 188 carries for 1,122 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

Ward finished the 2017 season with 179 rushing attempts for 1,017 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 48 passes for 470 yards and three scores. 

LeFevour ended his career in Mount Pleasant with 2,948 rushing yards. Through two seasons, Ward has managed to gain 1,217 yards on the ground. Barring an injury, the native of Kankakee, Illinois should manage to pass LeFevour on the all-time rushing list.