Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No Looking Back Receiver Position Productive for Ward

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No Looking Back Receiver Position Productive for Ward

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Hines Ward doesn't like saying, "What if?" But

that doesn't mean he doesn't do it every now and then.

What if Ward -- a senior wide receiver for the University of

Georgia -- had played the position full time as a sophomore? Or

what if he'd started playing it as a freshman? What if he hadn't

wasted two years?

How much better could he be?

"Looking back, in one way, I wouldn't change it for the world,

but there's part of me that says, `Yeah, I wish I would have

played receiver all along,' " said Ward, who will play for the

South in the Delchamps Senior Bowl at Ladd Stadium tomorrow at

2:30 p.m. "You think, `Maybe I'd be better.'

"People always ask me, `What if?' What if you'd stayed at wide

receiver four years?' Could you be great?"

That's what Ward doesn't like thinking. He said this week he

sees no reason to look back, and he'll never know how much

better he could have been now had he not pulled a Kordell

Stewart-like, slashing switch between running back, wide

receiver and quarterback his first two years at Georgia.

What he does know is that he has between now and the NFL draft

in April to show scouts how good he can be, a process that is

starting this week.

"He's a bright-eyed guy, and he likes playing," said Washington

Redskins coach Norv Turner, who coaches the South team. "He's

got excellent quickness. He's obviously very, very versatile.

Those guys have had success in our league; Guys who are smart

and do a lot of things -- you find a way to use them."

Ward's versatility has been well documented. He started his

career at running back, but as a sophomore played wide receiver

the first two games and switched between starting at quarterback

and running back the remainder of the season.

Finally, when Jim Donnan took over as coach, Ward moved to

receiver full time. He played well enough before and after the

switch to finish with 3,870 career all-purpose yards -- second

all-time in Georgia history behind Herschel Walker. …

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