2002:Played in seven games earning five starts, including the season-opener vs. Missouri ... Had a season-best 202 yards and two scores in a win over Purdue ... Was an efficient 16-of-23 for 197 yards and two TD?s in a win over Indiana ... Threw for 174 yards in a relief role at Minnesota ... Had a season-long 49-yard completion to Brandon Lloyd vs. the Gophers ... Had a 40-yard completion in five of seven games played ... Set career highs in stars (5), completions (65), attempts (126), yards (877) and touchdowns (5) ... Threw for 124 yards and a score in the season-opener vs. Missouri ... Hit both of his passes for 33 yards in the win over Arkansas State.
2001: Was the backup to All-American Kurt Kittner ? Connected on four passes for 31 yards ? Tossed a touchdown pass to Greg Lewis and was 4 of 7 at Michigan ? Played in final drive against Purdue ? Attempted one pass against California.
2000: Played in seven games and started in the season finale against Northwestern ... Completed 33 of 62 attempts for 390 yards and four touchdown passes for the season ... Ranked 10th in the conference in pass efficiency ? Played the majority of the second half against California completing 3 of 8 passes for 39 yards ... Threw his first collegiate touchdown pass at Minnesota and passed for 75 yards on five-of-nine passing ... Was 3 of 4 for 15 yards and a touchdown vs. Ohio State ... Passed for a career-high 246 yards and two touchdowns against Northwestern ... Had a 14-yard run against the Wildcats ? George Huff Award winner for consecutive semesters with a 3.00 GPA or better.
1999: Redshirted the 1999 season.
High School: Champaign News-Gazette "Player of the Year" ? Champaign News-Gazette All-State selection ? Chicago Tribune all-state special mention ? Big 12 all-conference selection ? Guided Centennial to 9-0 conference record and was part of back-to-back Big 12 Conference championships under Coach Mike McDonnell ? Led Centennial to IHSA Class 5A semifinals in 1998 ? Threw for 2,258 yards and 27 touchdowns ? Earned three letters in football.
Personal: Full given name is Dustin William Ward ? Born Jan. 21, 1981 in Urbana ? Parents are Steve and Arleen Ward ? Graduated in May 2003 with a degree in leisure studies/sports management ? Has one brother and one sister ? Favorite athlete is former NFL quarterback Joe Montana ? Favorite Illini athlete as a youngster was basketball star Kendall Gill ? Most memorable athletic moment was reaching the semifinals of the IHSA playoffs.
PASSING STATISTICS YEAR G ATT CMP PCT YDS TD INT LP 2000 7 62 33 53.2 390 4 2 38 2001 3 8 4 50.0 31 1 1 15 2002 7 126 65 51.6 877 5 5 49 Total 17 196 102 52.0 1298 10 8 49