Height: 6'3"
Weight: 230
Year: Junior
City/State: Brenham, Texas
High School: Brenham


Honors & Awards

  • Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2010)
  • Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011)
2011 Outlook
Junior Lester Ward has provided depth at I-back the past two seasons, but made the switch to tight end in the spring. The 6-3, 230-pound Ward has the size that could fit well at the tight end spot, and he will battle for playing time behind returning starters Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton. Ward has seen action in seven games over the past two seasons in the backfield.

2010 (Sophomore)    
Ward played in two games and had a two-yard carry against Western Kentucky.

2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Ward played in five games and rushed 10 times for 38 yards. The majority of his work came at Baylor when he had seven carries for 18 yards. He added two carries for 14 yards in the Holiday Bowl, and had a single carry against Arkansas State.

2008 (Redshirt)
Ward redshirted in 2008 and worked with the scout team.

Before Nebraska (Brenham HS)
Ward was slowed by injury during his senior season, but managed to help Coach Glen West's team to an 8-3 record and a district title by rushing for 1,200 yards. Ward was a second-team all-district pick. He played a key role for the Cubs in 2006, helping Brenham to a 12-2 record and a trip to the third round of the 4A state playoffs. Ward rushed for 972 yards and had about 200 receiving yards in 2006, despite missing four games. He earned second-team all-district accolades. Ward also saw action for Brenham High School as a freshman and sophomore.

Ward was a top-flight track athlete for Brenham. He competed in the hurdles and the triple jump and saw success on the state and national levels. Ward was second in the 110 high hurdles at the state track meet as a freshman and sophomore. He also finished second in the high hurdles and fifth in the triple jump at the Junior Olympics before his sophomore year of high school.

Ward earned academic all-district honors in both 2006 and 2007. He was listed on the Houston Chronicle's Greater Houston Top 100, as well as being a member of the newspaper's Texas Top 100. Ward visited TCU, Baylor and Missouri before deciding on Nebraska.

Lester is the son of Lester Sr. and Belene Ward and was born on Sept. 11, 1989. Lester Sr. played collegiately at Baylor and professionally for the Dallas Cowboys. Ward is a criminology and criminal justice major and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll four times. Ward has been a volunteer at the F Street Recreation Center and worked as a mentor at a local elementary school. 

Ward's Career Statistics











2008 Redshirt                
2009 5/0 10 44 6 38 3.8 7.6 9 vs. Arizona 0
2010 2/0 1 2 0 2 2.0 1.0 2 vs Western Kentucky 0









9 vs. Arizona


Single-Game Highs
7 at Baylor (2009)
Rushing Yards-
18 at Baylor (2009)

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