If Houston’s winning streak is going to be snapped this week, the Cincinnati Bearcats will have to figure out a way to slow down Cougars’ quarterback Greg Ward, Jr., who has been cleared to play in Thursday’s matchup.
Ward suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder in the team’s 33-23 victory over Oklahoma in Week 1. For precautionary reasons, he didn’t play last week versus the FCS’s Lamar, but he will face Cincinnati in Week 3. The Houston medical staff has cleared Ward to return to the field, according to NBC Sports.
“I’m feeling better than I did,” Ward said via the Houston Chronicle. “I continue to feel better every day. No doubt I can go out there and just be who I am.”
Just being himself proved to be enough against No. 3 Oklahoma on opening weekend when he threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns. He was also 23-of-40, which was only good enough for 57.5 percent, but he did average eight yards per attempt.
In his four year collegiate career, the heralded signal caller has thrown for 5,468 passing yards with 32 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. Houston has notably won 15 consecutive games in which Ward has started, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Although backup signal caller Kyle Postma did a fine job filling in for Ward by throwing for 125 yards and rushing for a pair of touchdowns against Lamar, Houston will have to count on Ward’s health in order to make the College Football Playoff. Houston is currently ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll.
On the other hand, Cincinnati is currently unranked despite owning a 2-0 record after having defeated both Tennessee-Martin and Purdue.