- United States
- Dearborn Heights, MI
- High School
- Past Teams
- Ohio State
- 2010, 2011, 2012
Major: Criminology (2012), Undeclared (2010-11)
Weight: 317 (2012), 335 (2010-11)
2012 Media Guide: Johnathan is a rising star – he is a 2012 preseason All-American and has been named to the Bednarik, Lombardi, Outland and Nagurski Award watch lists – who has played in all 22 games the past two years … he ranks third among current Buckeyes with 12.5 TFLs and with 4.0 quarterback sacks … started all 13 games in 2011 … this powerful, yet agile and very athletic performer ranked fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67, trailing the team leader by only five … had 32 solo tackles among his total, a figure that included 11 tackles for losses totaling 24 yards … also had three quarterback sacks … had a career-high 10 tackles vs. Nebraska and recorded nine vs. Illinois … he was named the team’s Jack Stephenson Award winner as the team’s outstanding defensive lineman … named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore by the conference coaches and media.
2011 Media Guide: Outstanding young defensive tackle who will make an increased contribution this season.
2010: True freshman who earned a spot in the D-line rotation … 16 tackles for season … 7-yard sack in the Eastern Michigan win … 3 tackles and a TFL at Illinois … 3 tackles in Indiana win … 2 tackles vs. Purdue … 2 tackles in Michigan win … outstanding first-year defensive player award from OSU coaches … first-year letterman.
High School: Outstanding defensive tackle prospect … two-time all-state selection for Coach Donshell English’s 11-1 division champions … 85 tackles, 12 sacks as a senior … all-Detroit city, all-metro, Michigan Blue Chip playing on both sides of the football … four-year starter … Cityballers.com player of the year … also a shot putter … Drama Club.
Personal: Son of Louise and James Ward.
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