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Lashaun Ward

WR | (6-0, 195, 4.45) | California
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fifth-year senior and former high school quarterback. Was used at cornerback, receiver and as a return specialist as a redshirt freshman, when he had 18 tackles, three passes broken up, one interception and two catches for 98 yards, including a TD grab. Also returned six kickoffs for 78 yards. Spent 2000 at cornerback until his season was ended prematurely by internal bleeding after the UCLA game. Moved from cornerback to wide receiver midway through the '01 season and caught 18 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns in the last five games. Was the team's top deep threat at wide receiver in '02, when he caught 39-709-9 and returned 28 kickoffs for 809 yards and one touchdown.

Positives: Has good size and speed and is well-built. Looks the part and is improving skills as a wide receiver. Was the team's deep threat and also can return kickoffs.

Negatives: Very inconsistent competitor who has yet to show he really will pay the price. Drops way too many passes (see '02 Air Force game) and does not always seem to have his head in the game or to be playing hard. Lacks polish and is not a really good route runner. Basically is a vertical receiver who has good but not great speed. Has been tough to coach in the past.

Summary: Has some speed and ability and did improve a lot in '02 but is still not doing enough to take full advantage of what he does have. Could make it if he will pay the price, but he better realize he is no longer going to be on scholarship in '03.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.