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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Ball State senior RB Jahwan Edwards "is a downhill runner with deceptive speed."

"The Cardinals lost a close contest to Iowa despite a terrific performance from Edwards," Pauline wrote. "The big ball carrier registered 81 yards on 21 carries against a tough Hawkeye defense with a pair of next level tackles on the inside of their defensive line. Edwards is a downhill runner with deceptive speed for a 225lb ball carrier, and possesses enough short area quickness to dodge defenders on the inside." Over the summer, Pauline wrote that scouts believed Edwards had late-round potential. The 5-foot-10, 219-pound Edwards set the Cardinals' career rushing touchdowns record (39) as a junior, rushing for 1,110 yards and ranking 19th in the nation with 14 rushing TDs.
Sep 8 - 7:50 PM

Cincinnati DE Josh Posley has transferred to Ball State.

Posley will redshirt this season and have two more seasons of eligibility starting in 2015. ""We have known him since his high school days at Warren Central and have built a strong relationship with the coaching staff there," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. Posley apparently has two former teammates on the Cardinals' roster.
Jul 31 - 5:09 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline Ball State notes that senior RB Jahwan Edwards "has late round potential."

"Scouts feel running back Jahwan Edwards has late round potential as he comes with terrific size/speed numbers and surprising quickness for a bigger back. And while I like his skills, Edwards is still a little to inconsistent for me to be graded as seventh round pick at this point," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-10, 219 pound Edwards set the Cardinals career rushing touchdowns record (39) and the school's career total touchdowns record (39) as a Junior, and rushed for 1,110 yards and ranked 19th in the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns. Look for the Cardinals to take advantage of Edwards rare combination of speed and strength, while relying on him to carry the load for the Cardinals offense. The Cardinals prospect only needs 697 rushing yards to set the Ball State career record.
Jul 22 - 2:33 PM

Ravens selected Ball State QB Keith Wenning with the No. 194 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Wenning (6-foot-2 5/8, 218) made 47 starts for the Cardinals, logging a 27-20 record, 92:42 TD-to-INT ratio, and 63.0 completion rate. He was a second-team All-MAC pick as a senior, behind Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch. Wenning is a sub-par athlete (5.00 forty, 8-foot-4 broad jump) and lacks arm strength to drive the ball, but shows composure in the pocket and could perhaps keep the chains moving if eventually forced to make NFL spot starts. He profiles as a long-term backup.
May 10 - 4:30 PM

Colts selected Ball State OLB Jonathan Newsome with the No. 166 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Newsome (6-foot-2 5/8, 247) spent two seasons at Ball State after transferring in from Ohio State, where he was originally a three-star recruit. He registered 24 tackles for loss with the Cardinals -- including 16.5 sacks -- and forced two fumbles. Newsome ran 4.73 at the Combine with a 9-foot-9 broad jump and 34-inch vertical. With more burst than his measurables indicate, Newsome can rush the passer in a rotation at the next level. He's just not going to be an every-down player due to size and run-defense limitations.
May 10 - 3:36 PM

Ball State QB Keith Wenning "is drawing a good amount of interest from teams," according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Wenning has had eight visits and another eight workouts, according to Pauline. He's been hosted by the Vikings, Packers, Ravens, Rams and Patriots, and performed a private workout for the Browns. Wenning has career backup upside, but has a decent probability of sticking on a roster, which is why he'll probably go in Round 6 or 7.
Apr 19 - 12:14 AM

Ball State QB Keith Wenning worked out for the Ravens on Tuesday and has two upcoming meetings scheduled, according to National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

He'll talk with Vikings' management on Wednesday, and hop over to that squad's greatest rivals when he speaks with the Packers the next day. Wenning has a chance to carve out a career as a backup, but that's about the extent of his upside. He won't be able to pop the top off the defense, but could potentially, in a pinch, move the sticks with short-to-intermediate completions. He doesn't make a ton of mistakes, which is why you might hear his name called in Rds. 6 or 7.
Apr 15 - 6:05 PM

Ball State QB Keith Wenning worked out for the Jaguars on Wednesday, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

The Browns, along the general manager ray Farmer, will work out Wenning next. The Ball State passer has nine total workouts scheduled, with the Patriots being another. Wenning is at his best in the short to intermediate areas, climbing the pocket and finding the right place to go with the football. He is a sixth-rounder at best.
Apr 2 - 12:48 PM

Ball State junior WR Willie Snead recorded a forty time of 4.51 seconds at the school's pro day, according to Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting.

"Some Pro Day information last night on the Ball State Pro Day. WR Willie Snead ran a 4.51, improved from 4.62 in Indy. 21 scouts attended," Galko tweeted. Last season, the 5-foot-11,195 pound Snead had 106 receptions for 1,516 and 15 touchdowns - all single-season school records. Snead was a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Snead is definitely a draft sleeper who has the ability to contribute at the next level. He could have his name called on day 3 of the draft or could go possibly go undrafted.
Mar 28 - 11:17 AM

Ball State named Kevin Kelly as defensive coordinator.

Kelly resigned as Georgetown's head football coach to accept the position, ending an eight-year tenure in which he went 24-63. Kelly was named Patriot League coach of the year in 2011 when the Hoyas finished 8-3. Defensive coordinator Rob Sgarlata will act as Georgetown's interim head coach while the school searches for Kelly's long-term successor.
Feb 3 - 6:21 PM

Ball State senior QB Keith Wenning has been the most impressive quarterback during Shrine Game practices, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Wenning "threw the ball with better zip and velocity" than teammates Keith Price (Washington) and Tommy Rees (Notre Dame). "Wenning also stood out with his accuracy and ball placement," Brooks wrote. "He connected on a handful of curls and dig routes that showcased his anticipation, and a completion on a deep crosser highlighted his touch." On the second day of practices, according to Brooks, Wenning "continued to be the headliner of the class by showing consistent ball placement and accuracy on throws in drills" and flashed "superior anticipation and awareness releasing the ball well before his receivers make breaks." If Wenning keeps this up, scouts will have no choice but to upgrade their grades on him.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 15 - 9:52 AM

Ball State senior QB Keith Wenning measured 6 feet two and 3 eighths of an inch and weighed in at 219 pounds at the East-West Shrine Game.

Wenning's path to a superior draft slot would have been easier if he'd measured in at his listed height of 6-foot-3. Wenning was a four-year starter for the no-huddle, pro-style Cardinals. He spent the fall semester ridiculing Ball State's career passing records, completing 319-of-498 passes for 4,148 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wenning makes quick decision and gets the ball into the hands of the correct receiver with good velocity and placement in the short to intermediate game. At the very least, he should be a capable NFL backup.
Jan 14 - 10:06 AM

Ball State junior WR Willie Snead will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Snead started 29 games during his career at Ball State, totaling 223 receptions for 2,991 yards and 26 touchdowns. Head coach Pete Lembo utilized a multiple wide receiver offense that targets receivers int he short to intermediate game. Snead is a bit of a surprise, however, and might not be drafted.
Jan 8 - 10:06 AM

Ball State senior QB Keith Wenning accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Wenning made a mockery of most of Ball State's passing records this season, completing 296-of-454 passes for 3,933 yards with 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. Often overshadowed in the MAC by Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Wenning will leave school as the Cardinals' career leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass completions and pass attempts. He's a quick decision maker who gets the ball into the hands of the correct receiver with good velocity and placement in the short to intermediate game.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman interviewed Ball State coach Pete Lembo for the school's head coaching vacancy on Thursday, according to Sports Illustrated.

SI.com also reports that Wellman is checked into a Muncie, Ind. hotel room. Lembo, who is 25-12 in three years at Ball State, is the favorite to land the Wake job. Jim Grobe resigned from his post after 13 seasons.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:02:00 PM


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