Western Albemarle high school senior Tyler Ward has signed to play football at Division I-AA Lehigh University.

Ward played both receiver and safety for the Warriors.

The senior had over 90 tackles and seven interceptions for Western last season, and was named First-Team All-Jefferson District as a defensive back.

Ward says he'll concentrate on the defensive side of the ball for the Mountain Hawks.

"They want me to play safety," says Ward. "I'm not sure how much playing time I'll get my freshman year, but maybe I can get on special teams, or something like that, and maybe work my way into some playing time."

Ward says he's happy to be sticking to defense.

"I had a preference to play defense, and that factored in my decision," says Ward. "I would have played where ever I can get on the field, but I'd rather hit people than be hit."

Reported by Mike Shiers
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