BALL STATE PLAYERS HEADED TO CLEVELAND
May 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
MUNCIE, Ind. - Willie Snead, Zane Fakes and Nathan Ollie -- all members of the 2013
Ball State football team -- will get an National Football League opportunity with
the Cleveland Browns.
Willie Snead, a junior wide receiver on the Ball State football team in 2013, has
signed a free agent contract with the Browns, while Fakes and Ollie have each
received invitations to attend mini-camp.
The Cleveland Browns signed 11 undrafted free agents, including four wide receivers,
two offensive linemen, one running back, one fullback, one quarterback, one
defensive back and one defensive lineman.
Snead finished the 2013 season with Ball State single-season records in receptions
(106), receiving yards (1,516) and receiving touchdowns (15). His 1,516 receiving
yards in the 2013 season ranked third in the nation. Snead completed his Ball State
career ranked second in receiving yards (2,991), second in passes caught (223),
second in touchdown catches (26) and first in 100-yard receiving games (13).
Snead, who is only one of two players in Ball State history to manage two 1,000-yard
receiving seasons, helped the Cardinals to a 10-3 overall record in 2013 and an
appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl. He helped Ball State to a 9-4 mark and a trip to
the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg in 2012, and a bowl eligible season of 6-6
as a true freshman in 2011.
Snead, who declared for the National Football League after his junior season, was
named to the 2013 All-Mid-American Conference First Team and was a semifinalist for
the Fred Biletnikoff Award this past season.
Ollie, who was named Ball State's 2013 John Magnabosco Award winner as the defensive
most valuable player, managed 72 total tackles last fall. He also led the Cardinals
with six quarterback hurries and ranked second on the team with 10 tackles for loss
plus added four sacks. He earned All-MAC Second-Team honors as a defensive tackle
for Ball State.
Fakes, who was awarded the Paul Schudel Strength and Conditioning Award last season,
was named to the All-MAC First Team as a tight end in 2013. He managed 41
receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns. Fakes earned his bachelor's degree
from Ball State in May of 2013 and earned Capitol One Academic All-America honors
this past fall, while pursuing his master's degree.
In addition to these three heading to the Cleveland Browns, Ball State's Jonathan
Newsome was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and Keith Wenning was chosen by the
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