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Running back Jonathan Ward accepts invitation to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl


Central Michigan running back Jonathan Ward smiles after scoring his second touchdown against Bowling Green Oct. 19 Doyle L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green.

Central Michigan senior running back Jonathan Ward has accepted an invitation to play in the National Football League Player's Association Collegiate Bowl, an annual all-star game that gives draft eligible prospects a chance to compete in front of NFL scouts. 

Ward has scored 16 touchdowns in 10 games this season for the Chippewas, rushing for 1,056 yards on 164 carries. He missed two games due to a shoulder injury. Since returning, he has shared time in the backfield with emerging sophomore running back Kobe Lewis, who is 19 yards shy of crossing 1,000 yards himself.

For his career, the Kankakee, Illinois native has made 24 starts, rushed for 2,487 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. He crossed the 2,000 rushing yard mark for his career against Bowling Green on Oct. 19 in the Chippewas 38-20 victory over the Falcons. 

Ward is the first Chippewa to play in the Collegiate Bowl since defensive backs Amari Coleman and Josh Cox in 2018.

This year's game will take place in Pasadena, California on Jan. 18, 2020.