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Ball State redshirt senior QB Jack Milas took over for freshman Drew Plitt and completed 13-of-26 passes for 127 yards with two scores in a 40-24 loss to Buffalo on Thursday.

Milas came into the game after Plitt turned the football over on back-to-back possessions. The good news is that he didn't turn the football over, and he was able to throw two scores against the Bulls. The bad news is that he completed just 50 percent of his passes, and Ball State had zero answer for wideout Anthony Johnson and the Buffalo passing game. Expect Plitt to make another start next week against Ohio, but Milas could get the nod in his final collegiate game.
Nov 16 - 11:16 PM

Ball State freshman WR Justin Hall caught eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in a 40-24 loss to Buffalo on Thursday.

Hall has caught eight passes in back-to-back games, and has hauled in 27 catches over his last four games. His touchdown tonight was a 47-yarder from Cardinals quarterback Jack Milas that brought Ball State back into the game at 37-24 early in the fourth quarter. Hall is a name to watch going forward, to be certain. Ball State closes their disappointing season against Miami (OH) next week.
Nov 16 - 10:42 PM

Ball State freshman RB Caleb Huntley ran for 141 yards on 26 carries in a 40-24 loss to Buffalo on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the Cardinals, but the play of a few freshman on the offensive side of the ball gives Ball State fans reason for optimism, including Huntley. With a big game in the season finale he'll have a chance to go over 1,000 yards, which is impressive considering he wasn't the top running back until October. Huntley and the Cardinals will finish their year next week against Miami of Ohio.
Nov 16 - 10:35 PM

Ball State freshman RB Caleb Huntley turned 22 carries into 70 yards in Thursday's loss to Northern Illinois.

With James Gilbert out for the season, the true freshman Huntley has assumed the RB1 role. He's acquitted himself well enough, running for 703 yards and three scores on 4.4 YPA.
Nov 10 - 11:01 AM

Ball State freshman WR Justin Hall caught eight passes for just 48 yards in a 63-17 loss to Northern Illinois on Thursday.

In this disappointing -- and that's probably an understatement -- season for Ball State that has seen them start four quarterbacks, Hall has been the one consistently impressive factor in the offense. He's now caught 65 passes on the season, and while he doesn't usually put up big yardage, his ability to find holes in secondaries for a freshman is very impressive. Assuming quarterback Riley Neal is back at quarterback for the Cardinals next season, he should put up even bigger numbers in his sophomore season.
Nov 9 - 11:30 PM

Ball State junior QB Riley Neal (leg) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Neal injured his leg in a win over Tennessee Tech on Sept. 16 and has not played since. In mid-October, Cardinals HC Mike Neu said that it was a coin flip whether the junior gunslinger would be able to return since. It appears that the coin landed on the wrong side. Jack Milas has started in Neal's stead since the injury and will continue to do so. Ball State will close out the campaign with contests against Northern Illinois, Buffalo and Miami (OH). Neal is expected to apply for a medical redshirt to recoup this lost season.
Source: Star Press
Nov 7 - 8:37 PM

Ball State junior RB James Gilbert (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Thus ends a campaign which barely got started for Gilbert, who tore a ligament in his thumb after catching the digit in the helmet of a Tennessee Tech defender in mid-September. Caleb Huntley has been doing an admirable job in his place, rushing for 633 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. The 5-foot-8, 191-pound Gilbert was looking to build on a breakout 2016 season in which he rushed for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ball State will be applying for a medical redshirt from the NCAA to cover his current, lost campaign.
Nov 7 - 6:29 PM

Ball State redshirt freshman QB Drew Plitt is "almost assured" to start against Eastern Michigan on Thursday.

What a disaster of a year this has been for Ball State. The year started out with Riley Neal behind center, but he's missed the majority of the season with a leg injury. Since then, both Jack Milas (elbow) and Zach Blair (ankle) have both received injuries. Plitt completed just 15-of-34 passes for 97 yards with a rushing touchdown in his first action of the year against Toledo last week.
Oct 30 - 8:18 PM

Ball State redshirt freshman QB Drew Plitt went 15-for-34 for 97 yards in Thursday's loss to Toledo.

Plitt (6'2/217) added a rushing touchdown. Due to a stunning run of Ball State quarterback injuries, Plitt has dramatically ascended from the fourth-string quarterback to the top of the depth chart. The latest injury was Zack Blair's broken ankle early against Toledo. It sure looks like Plitt will make his first career start next week against Eastern Michigan.
Oct 27 - 12:42 PM

Ball state redshirt sophomore QB Zack Blair suffered a broken ankle against Toledo on Thursday.

Blair suffered the broken ankle early in the 58-17 shellacking by Toledo, and is very likely out for the remainder of the season. Freshman Drew Plitt will probably make the start next week for BSU, which will be the fourth quarterback to start for the Cardinals in 2017. That's not ideal.
Oct 26 - 11:32 PM

Ball State redshirt sophomore QB Zack Blair exited Thursday night's game against Toledo with an ankle injury.

Blair completed his first three passes before going down with what looks to be a fairly significant ankle injury. We'll update his status when we know more. Freshman quarterback Drew Plitt has taken over for Blair in the meantime.
Oct 26 - 8:33 PM

Ball State junior RB James Gilbert (thumb) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Toledo.

No surprise, there, as Gilbert has not even yet returned to practice since tearing a ligament in thumb against Tennessee Tech in mid-September. Caleb Huntley remains the No. 1 option in the Cardinals' backfield.
Oct 26 - 6:53 PM

Updating a previous item, Ball State redshirt sophomore QB Zack Blair has been confirmed as starter for Thursday's game against Toledo.

Blair will be the third Ball State quarterback to start a game this season. Both Riley Neal and Jack Milas are currently injured, though Milas' elbow issue is not enough to keep him from holding on kicks. He'll be working in that capacity on Thursday. For his part, Blair is making his first career start. Redshirt freshman Drew Plitt will serve as his backup should yet another injury strike the position.
Oct 26 - 6:49 PM

Ball State redshirt sophomore QB Zack Blair will likely draw the start against Toledo on Thursday.

Blair was taking snaps with the first-team offense in practice on Tuesday, the last open-media window. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is being pushed into the starting fire -- for the first time in his career -- due to injuries to No. 1 QB Riley Neal and backup Jack Milas.
Oct 26 - 5:14 PM

Ball State junior RB James Gilbert (thumb) is week-to-week.

Gilbert has yet to practice since tearing a ligament in his thumb in a win over Tennessee Tech on September 16. There's a chance that he does not play again this season if he is unable to start making significant progress in his rehab. Caleb Huntley has been working as the Cardinals' lead back with Gilbert out of action.
Oct 25 - 10:58 PM


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