The Cardinals are set to start practice Thursday, here is a look at the Top 7 possible breakout performers on the Ball State Roster.
7. Anthony Winbush, 6-1 228 Jr, DE – Winbush has flashed major upside several times in the past few seasons. As a pass rushing specialist, he has proven that he can get to the QB on occasion and make plays. Look for that ability to really shine this year as Winbush works in a new scheme that emphasizes his ability to get upfield and put pressure on opposing backfields.
6. Danny Pinter, 6-4 251, R-Fr, TE – Tight End has been a position that has lacked production since the graduation of Zane Fakes, but that should change this year. Current starter Sam Brunner is more of a blocker, so look for Pinter along with fellow R-Freshman Kyle Schrank, to get plenty of opportunities in the passing game. Pinter is a big, strong guy and a nice target for Neal to check down to.
5. Kevin Thurmon, 6-1 282, So., DT – Thurmon as an absolute steal coming out of high school and everyone was able to see it in spirts a season ago as he was one of the few true freshmen to see the field for former Coach Pete Lembo. Thurmon didn’t wow with stats a season ago, but he has a strong chance to be the man in the middle and the guy that can make things happen in the backfield and by stuffing the run in Coach Tim Daoust’s scheme.
4. Jordan Hogue, 6-0 180, Jr, WR – Hogue has been an on again, off again kind of guy. When he is up, he is good. But the bevy of receivers and the lack of passing out of the prior offensive game plan meant that Hogue didn’t get too many shots to shine. That should change under Neu’s attacking style.
3 Alex Joss 6-4 288, So, OT – Not too often do “breakout” players come off the Offensive Line, but when a guy supplants a 5th year senior incumbent, you have to take notice. Joss was a signing day favorite of the prior staff, and has been waiting his turn to get on the field. Wait no more. Look for Joss to be a key cog in protecting Neal.
2. Devin Reece, 6-2 212, So, WR – He’s been patiently waiting his turn. Sitting behind Mabon and Jordan Williams. But now, Reece, has a chance to get reps alongside Mabon and Hogue in the Cardinals offense. Look for Reece, who has a great frame and athleticism, to finally post the numbers we anticipated when he came out of high school.
1. Josh Miller, 5-11 177, So, DB – Wait, what? Yeah, this is not a typo. The Sophomore transfer from Marian University. Miller turned heads in a big way after a great performance in Spring practice and even more so in the spring game. Miller has all the tools to be a great DB. Watch out for this young man to be the difference in a resurgent Cardinal Secondary