Ball State Season Preview: Quarterbacks

A position by position breakdown of the 2015 Ball State football team as it gets set to start the season.

A year ago at this time, things weren’t this set in stone for the quarterback position at Ball State. The Cardinals, coming off the graduation loss of Keith Wenning, saw a battle between Jack Milas and Ozzie Mann with Mann prevailing first, but both starting throughout the season. This season however, Mann is gone and Milas is the man in the huddle for the Cardinals.

Milas started off strong in relief of Mann last season, but struggled at times as defenses adapted to his strengths. Then his season ended before the final game when he injured his wrist.

Heading into the season, Milas is now firmly entrenched as the starter and with that, and a year of experience in the offense under his belt, Milas is now able to work on the little things that can help him lead the Cardinals offense.

First and foremost, Milas worked on his leadership. As a redshirt freshman thrust into being “the guy”, Milas struggled with when to be a teammate and when to be a leader. Secondly, he spent time in the film room where he was able to learn the different looks defenses will give him and how to diagnose. Finally, Milas hit the weight room, where he added 20 pounds of muscle to his thin frame, the muscle has helped with the pace of his ball and his ability to stand firm in the pocket.

Milas is firmly entrenched as the starter … for now, but breathing down his neck is one of the top recruits from the 2015 class in Riley Neal.

Neal, a typical sized QB at 6-5 230, is a local standout, having played his high school ball at the Muncie suburb of Yorktown. While there, Neal was an all-State player because of his sterling arm and his athleticism and ability to run. He is the future, but how close is that future to becoming a reality? That will be up to Milas to decide.


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