The Kansas State Wildcats have landed a commitment from former Florida State running back Treshaun Ward just one week after Deuce Vaughn made the announcement that he was declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Vaughn will be incredibly hard to replace, but going out and landing one of the top running backs in the transfer portal is a good start for Chris Klieman and company.
Ward is coming off his redshirt sophomore year in Tallahassee, where he started as a walk-on in the class of 2019.
Ward wasn’t hurting for scholarship opportunities, as the Tampa (FL) native held 19 offers from Division-I programs such as Oregon, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, and Maryland, where he was originally committed. Then, when DJ Durkin was fired as the Terps’ head coach in November of 2018, Ward decided to bet on himself and stay home to play for the Seminoles.
“I just bet on myself and rolled the dice,” Ward told media about his high school recruiting process.
Now, the 5-10, 192-pound running back will come to Kansas State, on scholarship, and hope to continue what he’d started at Florida State. In 2022, Ward started the year as the Noles’ top running back, and was off to a blistering start in the first six games of the season. After racking up 488 yards and three touchdowns on 72 carries (6.8 ypc), Ward would sustain an injury that held him out for a month. Ward was available for Florida State’s final four games of the season and put his talent on display against Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl, taking 10 carries for 81 yards and a pair of scores in a 35-32 victory.
K-State’s new running back will arrive in Manhattan with a career total of 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns on an impressive 7.2 yards per carry. He will provide the Wildcats with a dynamic option to couple with DJ Giddens as K-State tries to figure out life after Deuce.