Oakland Raiders Select Illinois DE Jihad Ward in the 2nd Round of the 2016 NFL Draft

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The Oakland Raiders have selected Illinois DE Jihad Ward in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

DE, 6-6, 295
Philadelphia, Pa. / Bok Vo-Tech HS / Globe Tech (NY)

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2015 Senior**:

  • All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media
  • Ted Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List (best defensive end)
  • Started all 12 games on the defensive line
  • Ended his career with 25 consecutive starts
  • 53 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two PBUs, two QB hurries one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
  • Career-high 11 tackles, including nine solo, at Iowa
  • 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sack at Purdue
  • Sack for an 8-yard loss at Penn State
  • Fumble recovery and nine tackles vs. Middle Tennessee
  • Forced fumble vs. Wisconsin
  • Seven tackles vs. Ohio State
  • Illini's Wright Commitment to Excellence Award winner

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2014 Junior**

  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honoree
  • Started all 13 games at defensive end
  • Totaled 51 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, five QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one PBU on the season
  • Ranked second in FBS and led the Big Ten with four fumbles recovered
  • Voted Illinois' Defensive Newcomer of the Year
  • Turned a trifeca in win at Northwestern with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play
  • Had a career day against Penn State, recording six tackles, a career-high two TFLs, one sack and one QB hurry
  • Had a fumble recovery that ended a potential scoring drive in the fourth quarter of win over Minnesota
  • Started against Western Kentucky and combined with Dawuane Smoot on a fourth-quarter sack that forced a fumble and set up the UI touchdown that sealed the win
  • Started in his Illini debut against Youngstown State and recorded five tackles

Junior College

  • Four-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports
  • Three-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 6 junior college player in the nation by 247Sports, No. 23 by Scout and No. 35 by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 2 junior college defensive tackle by 247Sports, No. 7 by Scout and No. 9 by ESPN.com
  • Played in seven games in 2013, racking up 26 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks
  • Had 55 tackles and eight sacks in 2012

High School

  • Also played wide receiver in high school
  • Played in Philadelphia Eagles Public vs. Non-Public City All-Star game at Lincoln Financial Field in spring 2012
  • First-team All-City in 2011 and second-team All-City in 2010

Personal

  • First name pronounced juh-HODD
  • Born March 11, 1994
  • Son of Kareema Ward
  • Has two brothers and two sisters
  • Says his favorite athlete is NFL star Julius Peppers
  • Lists his high school coaches as the biggest influences on his athletic career
  • Majoring in sport management

Career Highs
Tackles: 11 at Iowa, 10/10/15
Solos: 9 at Iowa, 10/10/15
TFL: 2.0 vs. Penn State, 11/22/14
Sacks: 1.0, three times (last at Penn State, 10/31/15)
PBUs: 1, three times (last vs. Ohio State, 11/14/15)
QBH: 1, five times (last vs. Nebraska, 10/3/15)
FF: 1, twice (last at Northwestern, 11/29/14)
FR: 1, five times (last vs. Middle Tennessee, 9/26/15)

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