16  Keydrin Ward
Keydrin Ward


Memphis, TN

High School:
Melrose HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Defensive Back


A two year veteran in the secondary ... Shared playing time in the spring with Fred Powell at rover ... Had a team leading eight tackles in the first scrimmage of the spring ... Back that up with a team leading eight tackles in the second major scrimmage and capped off the spring with a team leading eight tackles in the annual Blue-Gray game ...

1999: Appeared in all 11 games for the Tigers and was a starter against Tulane and UAB ... Lettered after completing the season as the team?s 12th leading tackler ... Was credited with 37 tackles, including 20 solo stops ... Had two tackles in each of the Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Missouri games before registering four tackles in the Memphis win over UAB in Birmingham ... Had his first double-digit tackle performance against Louisville ... Was credited with 10 tackles against the Cardinals ... Had five hits in the win over Army and logged four tackles against Southern Mississippi and Tulane ... A returning letterman who played in all 11 games as a true freshman ... Worked in the spring as a free safety and will work with starter Freddie Powell at that position last fall ...

1998: Earned his first letter as a true freshman ... Played in all 11 games for the Tigers last fall in the defensive secondary ... Worked with Jeremy Stewart at free safety and was a member of the Tiger special teams ... Was credited with 14 tackles on the season including 10 solo hits ... Had his first collegiate tackle in the Cincinnati game ... Had three tackles including two solos in the Louisville contest ... Registered two solos against undefeated Tulane and finished the season with a six-tackle performance against East Carolina ... Had three solos and three assists against ECU ...

Prep: Played defensive back for Melrose High on its 1996 state championship team ... Lettered for three years at Melrose High ... Was also a kick return specialist ... Was named to the All-Shelby Metro team, the all-region team and the all-state squad ... Ranked 18th in Shelby-Metro in punt returns in 1996 ... Had 12 returns for 192 yards ... Averaged 16.0 yards per return in 1996 ... Was ranked 8th in Region 8-3A in interceptions ... Registered three interceptions for 66 yards and one touchdown ... Averaged 22.0 yards per interception return ... Had 10 tackles and a pass interception in the Trezevant game ... Had 107 tackles in 1996 ... Career totals read 278 tackles, six pass interceptions and 958 yards in punt returns ... Also lettered in baseball at Melrose as a centerfielder ... Was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Played for coach Tim Thompson at Melrose High ... Son of Annie Ruth Ward ...

Born: 6/25/78.


DefenseG/S UT AT Tot. FR Int Loss Sack

Most tackles/Game: 10 vs Louisville (?99)
Most solo tackles/Game: 4 vs Southern Miss (?99)
Most assisted tackles/Game: 8 vs Louisville (?99)

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