Ball State welcomes in 25 new faces to the 2016 roster – whether they are new incoming freshmen, transfer from Junior College or another school, or redshirt walk on’s who did not appear on the roster last year. We take a look at the top 5 of those players we expect to have the most impact:
5. Reggie McGee, 6-1 230 Baltimore (Hartnell College) – McGee isn’t listed on the two deep going into game one, but that doesn’t mean he will not be an impact. The JUCO transfer is a pass rushing machine (school record 15 sacks last season at Hartnell) and will find a way to get on the field with that skill.
4. Damon Hazelton, 6-2 205, Baltimore (Franklin) – Hazelton is still a work in progress, but we think it will be tough to keep him off the field. He has great size and ball skills, but he has a lot of talent in front of him in KeVonn Mabon and Devin Reece. Despite that, Head Coach Mike Neu will find a way to get him on the field.
3. Deion Hallmon, 5-11 188, Weston, FL (Iowa Western CC) – You don’t bring in Junior College transfers unless you expect them to play. Hallmon in particular is fighting for playing time at a position that is a question mark, so we expect him (currently listed as a back up) to see the field regularly during the year.
2. Josh Miller, 5-11 177, Indianapolis (Marian University) – Ball State has had a steady amount of good fortune with smaller college transfers over the years, so it is not out of the ordinary for a guy like Josh Miller to pop up on the two deep. The Former Marian University player performed well in Spring, but was caught by the older players in the Fall. Despite that, he has talent and is physical and we expect him to have a solid season and possibly fight back into the starting line up.
1. Brian Whitaker, 6-3 243, Conyers, GA (Eastern Arizona CC) – Whitaker has all the tools. He has good size, great athleticism and has worked his way up the roster and into the two deep behind DE Joshua Posley. We expect a big season out of Whitaker who posted 4 sacks and 42 tackles for EACC last season and 7 sacks during his 2 years in Junior College.