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Ball State senior WR KeVonn Mabon converted 11 catches into 122 yards and a touchdown on Tuesday against Miami of Ohio.

It's too bad Ball State didn't qualify for the postseason, because with how many targets Mabon has been getting, 100 receptions for the year wouldn't have been out of the question and 1,000 yards receiving would have been assured. He closed out the year with reception totals of 12, 7 and 11. His final 2016 line was 85-972-3.
Nov 23 - 4:13 PM

Ball State sophomore RB James Gilbert was shut down once more in Wednesday's 37-19 loss to Toledo, rushing for 19 yards on 11 carries.

This was a rough one for those in the fantasy playoffs. Gilbert has been a workhorse for most of the season and had rushed for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns through the first nine games of the campaign. His production has fallen off precipitously over the past two games, though. Eastern Michigan limited him to 54 yards and a score last week, while Toledo one-upped that defensive effort on Wednesday to hold the 5-foot-8, 191-pounder to 1.7 YPC. He will try for a rebound against Miami (OH) next Tuesday. Alas for the Cardinals, Wednesday's loss to Toledo dropped them to 4-7, officially eliminating them from bowl contention.
Nov 17 - 1:39 PM

Ball State sophomore RB James Gilbert rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Tuesday's 48-41 loss to Eastern Michigan.

Ball State stunned Eastern Michigan in the first quarter, with Gilbert's three-yard touchdown run giving the Cardinals a 21-0 advantage. Eastern Michigan would whittle that advantage away through the rest of the game before finally taking the lead in the closing minutes of the third quarter. Bummer of a game for the 5-foot-8, 191-pound Gilbert. He had been rolling on a streak of five consecutive games with at least 115 yards rushing. Overall, he has scampered his way to 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns through 10 games played.
Nov 9 - 2:22 PM

Ball State HC Mike Neu indicated that sophomore QB Riley Neal will start Tuesday's game against Eastern Michigan.

Neal was held out of last week's game against Western Michigan due to a knee injury. He's improved his accuracy to 60-percent this year, but the TD/INT ratio has plummeted to 7/9 (16/6 last year) and will have to improve for him to keep his job.
Nov 7 - 6:20 PM

Ball State senior WR KeVonn Mabon made five receptions for 58 yards on Tuesday against Western Michigan.

Mabon has 55 catches for 645 yards, but he still hasn't hit paydirt. He's been one of the most snakebitten skill players in the land over the last few years, scoring just twice on 125 catches since the start of last year. Ball State's No. 2, frosh Damon Hazelton, logged four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown next to Mabon on Tuesday. The Cards get Eastern Michigan next.
Nov 3 - 6:23 PM

Ball State sophomore RB James Gilbert rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Saturday's 35-25 loss to Akron.

Gilbert scored on an 18-yard run midway through the second quarter. That touchdown would give the Cardinals a 17-7 lead, but the advantage melted away in the second half. Akron outscored Ball State 28-8 after halftime. For his part, the 5-foot-8, 191-pound Gilbert averaged 5.5 YPC with a long run of 21 yards. He has surpassed 100 yards rushing in five of eight games this season and has racked up a total of 987 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Eight of his 11 touchdowns have come in his last four games.
Oct 22 - 6:21 PM

Ball State HC Mike Neu will stick with sophomore QB Riley Neal as the team's starting quarterback.

"Riley's the starting quarterback," Neu said. "He's going to come back. He's going to respond with mental toughness. It's one of those (situations) where he's put a lot of time in here, and he deserves the opportunity to come back and see what he's made of." Last year, as a true freshman, Neal threw for 2,276 yards. That was the sixth most by a true freshman at the FBS level in 2015. Counting this year, Neal has a 22/12 TD/INT rate with 3,568 yards through the air, 668 on the ground and a 4-11 record as a starter as a collegiate passer.
Oct 10 - 5:34 PM

Saints signed Ball State WR Jordan Williams.

Williams (6'3/227) was a second-team All-MAC pick as both a junior and senior, concluding his Ball State career with a 200-2,723-24 (13.6 YPR) receiving line. He tested poorly at the Cardinals' Pro Day, managing a 4.64 forty, 33 1/2-inch vertical, and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Although Williams offers NFL size and solid college production, he likely lacks the athleticism to win outside in the pros. Williams' best chance at a big-league career might be to try his hand as a "big slot" receiver.
May 1 - 6:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Ball State WR Jordan Williams "struggled" during Thursday's Pro Day.

Not only did Williams nap his way through the 40-yard dash to the tune of disappointing 4.62/4.66 sprints, he failed to rebound in positional drills. Pauline tagged them as "ordinary." Given the spirit of Hype! Hype! Hype! that surrounds the draft, any label like that draws your attention. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 224-pound wideout caught 72 passes for 920 yards and eight touchdowns. While he received a mid-round grade from Pauline last summer, it is likely that he's fallen back somewhat based on his recent testing results.
Mar 25 - 6:19 PM

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that Ball State head coach Pete Lembo will take an assistant coaching job with Maryland.

You don't often see FBS head coaches leave for assistant jobs. It's a fascinating gamble by Lembo, who is 112-65 as a college head coach. The 45-year-old led the Cardinals to a 10-3 record in 2013 but the school regressed the past two seasons to a combined 8-16. Reportedly frustrated over the lack of resources he was being given, he'll join D.J. Durkin's staff, which is already looking like one of college football's best. Durkin already reeled in former FBS head coaches Mike London and Scott Shafer to take assistant gigs on the Terps staff. We expect Maryland to be a force in East Coast recruiting over the next few years.
Source: FOX Sports
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Ball State senior WR Jordan Williams will play in the NFLPA Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams just wrapped up his senior season, logging 72 catches for 920 yards and eight scores. He earned a preseason Rds. 4-5 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline over the summer. Williams' "speed is more than adequate to make plays downfield, and he tracks the ball very well down the sideline," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter has written.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Ball State junior T Drake Miller is not changing his approach as the team prepares to face Texas A&M standout sophomore DE Myles Garrett.

"We’re just going to take it on like we would any other week. Just work on our fundamentals and just the things that we really practice every other day," said Miller, who added that Garrett's speed and strength are immediately noticeable when watching film. The 6-foot-4, 289-pound junior tackle started the final eight games for the Cardinals last season.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 07:53:00 PM

Ball State senior WR Jordan Williams' "speed is more than adequate to make plays downfield, and he tracks the ball very well down the sideline," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He possesses a thick build that makes it difficult for smaller corners to press him at the line or fight for the ball downfield," Reuter wrote. "The last MAC receiver picked in the second round was Greg Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowler for Green Bay during his stint there; it won't be a surprise if Williams has similar success in the right situation." The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams earned a preseason Rds. 4-5 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 02:41:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Ball State WRs senior Jordan Williams and junior Kevin Mabon are both on the NFL's radar.

Williams is the more hyped prospect, earning a preseason Rds. 4-5 grade from Pauline. "Williams is considered a potential top 100 pick by some area scouts as he’s a big bodied receiver with a fluid style," Pauline wrote. The analyst grades Jordan slightly lower. "[Jordan] does not have the size of his teammate, [but] he’s a better pass catcher," Pauline wrote.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 06:26:00 PM

Ball State redshirt junior QB Ozzie Mann will transfer.

Mann started six games last season and 116-of-197 passes for 1,281 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. The transfer is almost certainly due to Mann's status on the depth chart, as Jack Miles stands as Ball State's top quarterback.
Tue, May 5, 2015 10:37:00 AM


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