Greg Ward Jr. is one of the most exciting college football players outside of the Power 5 conferences.
It was because of Ward that the Houston Cougars were able to have a 13-1 breakout season a year ago, en route to winning the American Athletic Conference and knocking off Florida State in the Peach Bowl.
Ward is arguably the premiere dual-threat quarterback in the nation, after a 2015 campaign where he joined Clemson’s Deshaun Watson as the only two quarterbacks to rush for more than 1,000 yards and throw for more than 2,000 yards.
But while Ward has had such great success at the collegiate level, there are some who believe a switch to wide receiver is in the cards for when he transitions to the NFL.
“Tom Herman knows what he’s got in Ward, who is likely to put up another 2,000-yard passing, 1,000-yard rushing season for the Cougars. He’ll move to receiver in the NFL, but for now, enjoy his ability to stretch defenses with his arm and take advantage of the space with his feet,” Chad Reuter wrote, via NFL.com.
Like many dual-threat quarterbacks before him, Ward has been lumped into the group of players that will “need a position change to succeed.”
However, he still has a year at the collegiate level to prove he has the chops to make it as a NFL signal-caller.
Whether Ward is able to do enough to shake the stereotype of being a dual-threat quarterback who will need to give up throwing for an NFL career remains to be seen, but what we do know is all eyes should be on him and the Houston program as they look to once again take the college football world by storm.
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