August 8, 2014
Ball State hoping for success as it searches for new quarterback
Ball State finds itself picked No. 3 in the Mid-American Conference West Division pre-season poll with 82 points following a 10-3 and 7-1 MAC season.
Head coach Pete Lembo returns some key players, but he's losing some as well.
Most noteably, quarterback Keith Wenning.
"It was a productive spring and all of our guys got better," Lembo said. "The (QB's) were all on campus this summer and did a lot of things on their own voluntarily with the receivers, tight ends and the offense."
The interesting part of the quarterback battle in Muncie is there are four potential starters: two freshmen, one sophomore and one junior. Each lack college football experience as sophomore Ozzie Mann has the most with 11 passes and one interception.
The spring game showcased the talents of redshirt freshman Jack Milas. Milas had a 71-yard pass, but came a bit short by completing 10 of his 26 passes.
True freshman David Morrison wasn't given much time under center in the spring game, completing three of his six passes.
Junior Kyle Kamman's opportunity to be the starter is dwindling; being the oldest of the bunch he needed a great spring game, which he did not have.
"I am anxious to see how it unfolds," Lembo said. "We wont be in a rush to name a starter."
Whoever will be behind center will have a lot of help behind them as senior running back Jahwan Edwards returns to the Cardinals backfield.
Edwards is the most dangerous of the five returning starters on offense. In his last two season Edwards has ran for over 1,000 yards in each season and averages more than 100 yards a game.
He has the school record for career touchdowns and is potentially only six games away from setting the school record in career yards. Edwards is included on the 2014 Doak Walker Award List, which recognizes the nations premier running back in the classroom, citizenship in the community and on the field.
Edwards will be the key for the Cardinals success offensively as he helps break in a new quarterback.
The winner will have Colgate at home to get their feet wet before heading to Iowa and play against the Big 10's Hawkeyes. Ball State will face their fist MAC opponents in mid-September against the projected leaders of the West Division, Toledo.
Ball State will have a tough MAC schedule as they draw defending champions Bowling Green and preseason runner-up Akron out of the East Division and must play the Rockets and CMU on the road, but Lembo is up for the task at hand.
"It's an exciting league to be a part of because you know every year the difference between the top and bottom is not going to be a really significant gap," he said. "We don't take anything for granted, we respect everyone we have to play."
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