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2014 BALL STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 13, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Ball State Cardinals (1990 - Pres)

2013 Record: (10-3, 7-1)
2013 Bowl: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Arkansas State (L 20-23)
Coach: Pete Lembo (25-13 at Ball State, 25-13 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Joey Lynch
Defensive Coordinator: Kevin Kelly

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Jahwan Edwards, RB, 1,110 yards
Passing: Ozzie Mann, QB, 29 yards
Receiving: Jordan Williams, WR, 1,050 yards
Tackles: Ben Ingle, LB, 116
Sacks: Nick Miles, DE, 5.0
Interceptions: Martez Hester, S, 2

Other Key Returnees: RB Horactio Banks, K Scott Secor, S Brian Jones, LB Zack Ryan, S Dae’Shaun Hurley

Key Losses: QB Keith Wenning, WR Willie Snead, WR Jamill Smith, DE Jonathan Newsome, CB Jeffery Garrett, DT Nathan Ollie, OL Jordan Hansel, OL Matthew Page, TE Zane Fakes

Ball State Cardinals (1990 - Pres)

Pete Lembo is back on the sidelines after getting attention from larger programs. Lembo signed a long term contract in the off-season that will keep him in Muncie for a long time.  That’s good news for Cardinals fans who saw their football team win 10 games and received an invitation to the GoDaddy.com Bowl.  Now Lembo has to find a QB after losing Keith Wenning to the NFL. Last year he threw for 4,148 yards and 35 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Now the job is up to Sophomore Ozzie Mann and freshman Jack Milas.  Neither secured the job in the spring. Wenning may be gone and the QB position is up for grabs but the running game is in good hands.  Jahwan Edwards is back after rushing for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns. Horactio Banks added 595 yards and seven touchdowns. The Cardinals return three starters on the offensive line in Steven Bell, Jacob Richard and Jalen Schlachter. WR Jordan Williams, who caught 72 passes for 1,050 yards and ten scores a year ago is back as the top playmaker. The Cards lost all everything WR’s Willie Snead and Jamill Smith.  KeVonn Mabon will need to step into the starting line-up and fill the shoes of Snead and Smith.

Ball State’s defense has been overlooked by their offense.  The Cardinals gave up 413 yards of total offense in 2013 and allowed 24.7 points per game. They did create turnovers for the offense with 13 interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries. Key returning players include FS Dae’Shaun Hurley who had 83 tackles in 2013.  Seniors CB Eric Patterson and SS Brian Jones are back with a years’ experience under their belts.  The defensive line returns just one starter in DE Nick Miles. The strength of the defense will be linebackers Ben Ingle and Zack Ryan return. Ingle led the team with 116 tackles and Ryan had 92 tackles as a freshman.

Coach Lembo has brought a winning attitude to Muncie and now the expectations are high again for 2014. Despite having a winning program for the last three seasons, the Cardinals haven’t won a MAC Championship.  Winning the MAC title may be hard in 2014 with an inexperienced QB.

Ball State Cardinals (1990 - 2008)


2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 152.9 (79th in nation, 7th in conference)
Passing Offense: 324.2 (12, 1)
Total Offense: 477.1 (19, 2)
Scoring Offense: 38.5 (15, 2)
Rushing Defense: 195.3 (92, 7)
Pass Defense: 218.5 (44, 8)
Total Defense: 413.8 (77, 7)
Scoring Defense: 24.7 (47, 3)
Turnover Margin: 0.9 (12, 3)
Sacks:  2.08 (59, 7)
Sacks Allowed: 1.23 (17, 4)


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