Na Derris Ward: Wonderful, nothing much has changed for the most part. I mean it's thrilling to be a part of a program like that.
Grant: Did you participate in any spring sports?
Ward: Actually I played basketball earlier in the year, and I played baseball.
Grant: Have you been getting in the weight room?
Ward: Yeah, I've been lifting and trying to get a little training in. Except for a little set back from a minor injury that I had.
Grant: Have you been able to add or cut any weight?
Ward: I believe I lost a little actually.
Grant: What are you weighing right now?
Ward: About 235 sir.
Grant: When are you planning on heading to Athens?
Ward: I don't get out of school until the end of June. So I will probably be heading down in July.
Grant: Are you looking forward to going?
Ward: Oh yes sir, definitely. I told my family and friends around here everyday that I can't wait to get down to Athens. It's a wonderful place to be, and I just have been trying to build a relationship with my teammates, the professors in the architecture department, and my coaches. I can't wait to get down there.
Grant: What are some goals you set for yourself once you get to Athens?
Ward: Coming in as a freshman I really want to take it slow and work hard. Hopefully there is a possibility for me to get on the field and play. I definitely want to go out there and try and play. I want to compete at the highest level possible and just work as a freshman.
Grant: Which of the coaches do you hear from the most?
Ward: Coach Johnson, the tight ends coach.
Grant: What do you like about him?
Ward: He's a wonderful man. Like I said I'm getting to know him personally right now. It's beyond a coaching level, we're just building as friends instead of a coach looking at one of his players. He's a real down to earth person, and I love talking to him.