He was born on February 15, 1992 in San Francisco, CA and attended De La Salle High in Concord, CA. His older brother is T.J. Ward, a safety currently with the Denver Broncos. As a true freshman at Oregon State, he had 63 rushing attempts for 211 yards (3.3 avg) and a touchdown with 14 catches for 76 yards (5.4 avg). He also returned two kickoffs for 27 yards (13.5 avg), starting three games in 12 total appearances. As a sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games and had 68 carries for 415 yards (6.1 avg) and six touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 79 yards (7.9 avg), returned 17 kickoffs for 382 yards (22.5 avg) and had three tackles on special teams. As a junior, he started two of 13 games, leading Oregon State in rushing with 521 yards on 113 carries (4.6 avg) and five touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 280 yards (8.2 avg) and three touchdowns, while also returning three kickoffs for 56 yards (18.7 avg). As a senior, he started three of 10 games. He was leading the team in rushing with 696 yards before he was sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his knee. He finished the year with 133 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 229 yards (7.9 avg). Ward also finished his career with four punt returns for no yards. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 6, 2015 ... Cut by Falcons on September 22, 2016 ... Re-signed to Falcons practice squad on September 24, 2016 ... Promoted by Falcons from practice squad to active roster on October 25, 2016.
Signed by Falcons to a three-year deal in 2015 worth $1.575 million with base salaries of: $435,000 (2015); $525,000 (2016); and $615,000 (2017).