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NCAA rules freshman defensive end D.J. Ward eligible to practice

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013
Tuesday, Oklahoma freshman defensive end D.J. Ward received approval from the NCAA to practice. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN
Tuesday, Oklahoma freshman defensive end D.J. Ward received approval from the NCAA to practice. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman defensive end D.J. Ward has been cleared to practice by the NCAA.

Ward, who had to sit out his senior season following an OSSAA ruling, will wear jersey No. 87.

The former Lawton star transferred to Douglass just before his senior year of high school, then to Southmoore. The OSSAA approved his hardship waiver request for eligibility at Douglass, but wouldn’t approve a second one.

Ward, an Oklahoman All-State selection after his junior season at Lawton, was one of Oklahoma’s 24 signees in its class of 2013. He committed to the Sooners after attending the 2012 spring game.

Ward enrolled early at Oklahoma after graduating from Southmoore in December.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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