Ward rewriting history for Incarnate Word

27 March 2021 23:28:09 GMTPlus10

Incarnate Word quarterbacks coach Mack Leftwich says true freshman Cameron Ward has made a huge difference to the Cardinals' offense as the San Antonio-based school bid to go 4-0 this weekend.

Ward has 14 touchdown passes and two interceptions in the first three games of his college career and can push his team further into playoff contention when the Cardinals face Southland Conference rivals Nicholls on Saturday.

Incarnate Word has managed only one winning record in its past four seasons, but the Cardinals are 3-0 and averaging 49 points per game so far this spring.

Much of this year's success is down to Ward, who has quickly adapted from the run-based Wing-T offense he ran in high school to the Cardinals' pass-oriented system.

In last week's 56-45 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, he completed 26 of 47 attempts for 407 yards and a school-record six touchdowns while also finding time to scamper in for his second rushing touchdown of the season.

"There's really not a throw that he can't make on the field to be honest," Leftwich told the Associated Press. "The arm strength jumps off the tape at you, and then really, he has an unbelievable ability to see space and that's huge in our offence."

Nicholls allowed 71 points and 556 yards to Sam Houston last time out, but rank only four spots behind Incarnate Word at 17th in the latest poll.

Incarnate Word are four-point underdogs for the clash in Louisiana with the Colonels at 10/11 to cover the -4.0 spread.

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