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Nebraska redshirt senior WR Keyan Williams transferred to Ball State as a graduate.

Williams (5'10/195) continues on his ever-winding collegiate journey. He began his career at Fresno State before transferring over to Nebraska and now onward to Ball State. His father, Kevin Williams, had been wide receivers coach in Lincoln prior to being let go along with the rest of Mike Riley's staff at the end of the most recent campaign. With just one catch for 19 yards to his name last season, this shouldn't be considered a major loss for the Huskers, who have a number of intriguing wideouts on roster.
May 29 - 1:16 PM

In his return to the team, Ball State redshirt senior WR Corey Lacanaria (collarbone) recorded eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the spring game.

Lacarnia was knocked out for the season last Sept. 23 at Western Kentucky due to a broken collarbone. Fortunately, that injury did allow him to reclaim a year of eligibility, which gives him a second chance at a farewell senior campaign. Lacarnia should start in the slot this fall.
May 27 - 4:08 PM

Nebraska senior WR Keyan Williams announced his intent to transfer from the school.

Williams was the son of former Nebraska wide receiver coach Keith Williams, who was let go at the end of the 2017 season. It's the second time the 5-foot-10, 195-pound wideout will transfer, as he came to Nebraska from Fresno State in 2016. As a graduate, he'll be eligible to play immediately at whatever school he ends up playing at in 2018.
Source: Omaha World
May 15 - 11:16 AM

Falcons signed Ball State DE Anthony Winbush.

Winbush (6’1/249) was a prolific pass rusher for the BSU Cardinals, logging 32.5 career tackles for loss with 25 sacks and nine forced fumbles and earning first-team All-MAC honors as a senior. A short, stocky edge rusher with just 29th-percentile athleticism, Winbush would do well to carve out a special teams and reserve DE/OLB future.
May 3 - 12:06 PM

DE Anthony Winbush recorded a 36-inch vertical jump at Ball State's pro day.

Winbush (6'1/240) also ran in the mid 4.7's in the 40-yard dash and completed 29 reps on the bench press. He was invited to the combine but didn't run due to a hamstring issue. Despite being undersized for a defensive end, Winbush racked up 11.5 sacks and tied for the most forced fumbles in the NCAA with five. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said, "What Winbush lacks in physical traits he makes up for with intangibles." He is currently projected to be a 7th-round pick or a priority free-agent due to his lack of size and length.
Apr 4 - 8:29 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Ball State edge-rusher Anthony Winbush to current CFL star Phillip Hunt.

Hunt also played five years in the NFL, so this is by no means an insulting comparison. He finished with 11.5 sacks for the Cardinals in 2017, and also tied for the NCAA lead with five forced fumbles. Zierlein cites his strengths being his "relentless motor" and solid initial burst, but notes that he sometimes takes awkward ankles, and his 6-foot-1, 240-pound size may make him too small to play in inside space. He's likely a late-round pick or possible priority free agent, but considering his production, he could be a steal in that position.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 3:56 PM

Ball State AD Mark Sandy will retire in June.

Sandy has served as athletic director at Ball State since January of 2015. He had worked as Eastern Kentucky's AD for the previous 10 years before being brought on by the Cardinals three winters ago.
Jan 30 - 3:15 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 11:16:00 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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 10:42:00 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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Nebraska junior WR Keyan Williams (hamstring) traveled with the team to Saturday's game against Minnesota.

That's a pretty good indication that he'll be active against the Gophers. If he enters the game, it'll be his first playing time of the 2017 season.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 11:51:00 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 11:01:00 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.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 11:30:00 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
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 08:37:00 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.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 06:29:00 PM


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