BALL STATE FOOTBALL RELEASE
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State football team held its first preseason scrimmage Saturday morning and the majority of the plays went to the younger players on the squad.
“We’ve got a lot of young players in our program right now,” head coach Mike Neu said. “This is a great opportunity to play live football, where we are tackling, and you have to react to the change. I want to see how our guys respond to adversity when it happens during a scrimmage situation like this.”
Most of the veteran players saw action during the first segment of the scrimmage that focused on red zone situations. The defense held on the first drive before senior quarterback Jack Milas led the offense to a touchdown on the second drive. Milas hooked up with redshirt freshman tight end Keidren Davis on a three-yard scoring pass. On the final red zone drive, junior quarterback Riley Neal converted on a 3rd-and-goal play. Neal found sophomore tight end Danny Pinter wide open in the corner of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown pass.
Following a few special teams drills, practice concluded with a 20-minute scrimmage session that spotlighted several of the younger Cardinals. The defense stood tall against the offense on the first two drives. Senior defensive end Reggie McGee forced a quick punt after a third-down sack on the opening drive. Sophomore defensive end Akeem Hutchinson came up with a fourth-down sack near midfield on the ensuing possession.
Two offensive freshmen made splash plays on the third drive. Running back Caleb Huntley broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run, but then had the play negated due to a late holding call. A few plays later, freshman wide receiver Justin Hall made an excellent 40-yard touchdown grab down the middle of the field off a pass from Neal.
Towards the end of the scrimmage, junior kicker Morgan Hagee connected on his only a field goal attempt from 40 yards out.
The Cardinals will hold one more preseason scrimmage next Saturday morning, Aug. 19. Ball State’s season opener is set for Sept. 2 at Illinois.