HOUSTON - The Heisman Trust sent a letter to the University of Houston informing athletic department officials that quarterback Greg Ward Jr. is a candidate for the most coveted award in college football.
Tom Herman discussed the letter on his weekly radio show (KPRC Radio) Wednesday night.
Ward is not available for comment, but he told the media on Monday if he was considered for the Heisman Trophy it would mean a lot to him.
“If I was to be in that situation or in that conversation it would be a blessing,” Ward said. “I think it would be very special.
“It would be mind-blowing because I would never think anything about it.”
Now it is time to think about it.
Ward is the fourth University of Houston player to be a candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
Former Cougars quarterback Andre Ware became the only UH player to win the award when he landed the Heisman Trophy in 1989.
Former UH quarterbacks David Klingler and Case Keenum were also candidates.
Ward is from Tyler, the home of Earl Campbell who won the Heisman Trophy in 1977.
The two met when Ward was at John Tyler High School, where Campbell also played.
“We had a conversation, and he was telling me he was proud of me and things like that,” Ward said. “It meant a lot. He’s a great person, a great athlete. It just meant a lot to me coming from Earl.”
Earl Campbell helped put Tyler on the map.
Four decades later Greg Ward Jr., who is also a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award, is making Tyler just as proud.