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Ball State freshman RB Caleb Huntley ran for 129 yards on 25 carries in a 31-3 loss to Akron on Saturday.

A 5-foot-10, 225 pound freshman back from Atlanta, Huntley was the only bright spot on a day where Ball State again struggled to move the football. He's a bruising tailback who won't run by many defenders, but he finishes runs and takes advantage of his size. Huntley should see more carries throughout the year; starting with the Cardinals game in two weeks against Central Michigan after a bye.
Oct 7 - 6:45 PM

Ball State junior RB James Gilbert is rehabbing from a partially torn ligament in his right thumb.

Gilbert (5'8/191) tore a ligament in his thumb when he got his hand stuck in the face mask of a Tennessee Tech defender while attempting a stiff-arm back on September 16. The injury has forced him to sit out each of Ball State's last two games. He should be considered doubtful for Saturday's showdown with Akron. Caleb Huntley and Malik Dunner will continue to see the bulk of carries for the Cardinals until Gilbert is ready to return.
Oct 4 - 10:46 PM

Ball State junior QB Riley Neal (leg) will miss another 4-6 weeks.

Neal (6-5/217) hasn't played since 9/16 when the Cardinals beat Tennessee Tech 31-16. With Ball State a 50/50 proposition for making a bowl game at this point -- at best -- there's a real chance we won't see the talented junior signal-caller under center again this season.
Oct 2 - 2:22 PM

Ball State freshman Justin Hall caught 13 passes for 121 yards in a 55-3 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday.

It's weird to see a wide receiver catch that many passes by a team that lost by 52 points, but, here we are. Hall has been a real bright spot for the Cardinals' offense, coming into the game leading the team in catches and certainly leaving with it. His long catch was a 37-yarder, and he shows the ability to make plays down the field and also be a possession receiver.
Sep 30 - 10:46 PM

Ball State senior WR Jordan Hogue (back) is unlikely to play on Saturday against Western Michigan.

Hogue (6'0/185) hasn't played since catching two passes in the opener against Illinois.
Sep 27 - 3:52 PM

Ball State HC Mike Neu said that the swelling in junior RB James Gilbert's injured hand must fade before he is able to practice again.

Gilbert did not play against Western Kentucky this past weekend due to hand and knee injuries, but it is the hand issue which is of most concern, here. Said Neu, "I worry about things outside of [just being able to hold the ball], protection-wise and blocking when he has to." Should Gilbert be unable to play against Western Michigan on Saturday, Caleb Huntley and Malik Dunner would see the majority of work at running back.
Sep 26 - 8:11 PM

Ball State HC Mike Neu said that junior QB Riley Neal (leg) is "week-to-week."

"We’re going to evaluate him every single week and see where he’s at and have the doctors closely monitor him to see where we’re at," Neu said, calling Neal's injury concern a "unique, rare type of deal." Neal started the first three games of the season without physical issue before being sidelined midway through the practice week leading up to Saturday's game against Western Kentucky. Jake Milas drew that start instead and would likely continue to start if Neal is sidelined for an extended amount of time. Ball State plays Western Michigan on Saturday.
Sep 26 - 6:54 PM

Ball State senior WR Corey Lacanaria has been ruled out indefinitely due to a broken collarbone.

Lacanaria (5'8/170) has not been ruled out for the remainder of the season, but this collarbone break could potentially sideline him for the campaign. In four games this season, the senior had caught 12 passes for 104 yards.
Sep 26 - 6:41 PM

Ball State redshirt senior QB Jack Milas will start against Western Kentucky on Saturday.

Milas is stepping in for Riley Neal, who has been ruled out due to a leg injury. The redshirt senior has attempted just one pass this season. He owns a lackluster 11/10 TD/INT ratio for his career with the Cardinals.
Sep 23 - 6:46 PM

Ball State junior QB Riley Neal (leg) has been ruled out for Saturday's game with Western Kentucky.

Per Ryan O'Gara of The Star Press, Neal is being considered day-to-day, so this might not be an injury which keeps him out beyond Saturday. Jack Milas starts in his place versus Western Kentucky. The Cardinals are also out starting running back James Gilbert, so it could be a bit of an offensive slog.
Sep 23 - 6:29 PM

Ball State junior RB James Gilbert (hand, knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's showdown with Western Kentucky.

Gilbert injured both his hand and knee in last weekend's win over Tennessee Tech. While the Cardinals were hoping that the 5-foot-8, 191-pounder would be able to suit up against the Hilltoppers on Saturday, that has not come to pass. Expect Caleb Huntley and Malik Dunner to split carries in his place now that he has been ruled out.
Sep 23 - 6:25 PM

Ball State junior RB James Gilbert (hand, knee) is day-to-day.

Gilbert was hit with two injuries against Tennessee Tech on Saturday. At the beginning of the practice week, Ball State HC Mike Neu said that the 5-foot-8, 191-pound junior will "be fine." All current signs point to him being able to play against Western Kentucky this weekend, but he's one to keep an eye on over the remainder of the practice week. Gilbert has rushed for 207 yards (4.3 YPC) and three touchdowns in three games this season.
Sep 20 - 7:38 PM

Ball State true freshman WR Justin Hall leads the team with 17 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

He had seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Tennessee Tech. The three-star Georgia recruit has emerged as Riley Neal's go-to receiver in the early going. "The coaches felt that way about him when they were recruiting him," Neal said. "When he was on his visit, they were telling me, 'He's your guy, he's your guy!' And at the time, I go, 'OK, whatever. That's cool.' But we have plenty of guys who are playing really well, with Antwan (Davis) and Riley (Miller) on the outside and Corey has obviously been a staple in our program the last couple years."
Sep 20 - 4:16 PM

Ball State senior DE Anthony Winbush leads the FBS in sacks with 6.5.

Winbush has six individual and one assisted sack. Winbush is on a torrid pace, especially compared to his previous two seasons. In 2015 Winbush led the team with five sacks, and followed it up with another team leading season in 2016 with 8.5 sacks.
Source: NCAA
Sep 20 - 9:59 AM

Ball State coach Mike Neu isn't concerned about junior RB James Gilbert's (hand, knee) status.

In the second half of Saturday's 28-13 win over Tennessee Tech, Gilbert was seen with an ice bag on one knee and his hand wrapped. "I expect him to be fine," Neu said. "I don't really have much info right now, other than he was unable to return there. But hopefully it'll be fine and we'll get him back this week." Gilbert (5'8/191) rushed for 1,332 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He has 207 rushing yards through three games.
Sep 18 - 1:38 PM


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