Ball State: 9 selected to all-MAC teams

Three offensive players and Ball State's punter were all selected to the first team all-Mid American Conference team as selected by the 13 league head coaches.

Ball State's football team, which ended the regular season at 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-American Conference, had nine student-athletes named to the All-MAC teams, which are selected by the league's 13 head coaches. Of the nine named to the all-league teams, six are juniors and three are sophomores.

Four Ball State juniors -- Robert Brewster (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming H.S.), Darius Hill (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs H.S.), Dante Love (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow H.S.) and Chris Miller (Libertyville, Ill./Carmel H.S.) -- were named to the All-MAC First Team.

Brewster, a junior offensive lineman for the Cardinals, started all 12 games at right tackle. He was part of an offensive line that protected quarterback Nate Davis (Bellaire, Ohio/Bellaire H.S.) and allowed him to set a Ball State single-season record with 27 touchdown passes plus throw for 3,376 yards. Brewster was also a part of a unit that blocked for over 1,700 rushing yards combined by Ball State's offense.

Hill, who was one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award as the nation's top collegiate tight end, caught 56 passes for 837 yards with nine touchdowns. He tied the Ball State single-season record with 10 touchdown receptions in 2006.

Love, who ranks seventh in the nation in all-purpose yards with 197.08 per game, leads the Cardinals with 87 catches for 1,229 yards and is tied for team-high honors with nine touchdown receptions. Love ranks ninth in the nation in receiving yards per game with a 102.42 average plus is tied for ninth in the country with 7.25 catches per contest.

Miller ranks third in the nation in punting with a 45.82 average. He punted 56 times for 2,566 yards and placed 22 of those punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He was one of 10 finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate punter. This marks the third straight year Miller has been named to the All-MAC First Team.

Ball State placed three student-athletes -- Davis, Bryant Haines (Piqua, Ohio/Piqua H.S.) and B.J. Hill (Lanham, Md./Riverdale Baptist H.S.) -- on the All-MAC Second Team.

Davis started all 12 games at quarterback for the Cardinals and threw for a school record 3,376 yards, shattering the previous mark of 2,377 set by Neil Britt in 1983. In addition, Davis attempted a school record 429 passes and completed a BSU all-time best 245. He threw a school record 27 touchdown passes, while throwing only six interceptions on the season. Haines, who started all 12 games at linebacker for the Cardinals, leads Ball State with 122 total tackles (65 solo, 57 assists) plus has nine tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery. He ranks 29th in the country in tackles per game.

Hill, who was playing his first season on defense for Ball State after playing two years at tailback, started all 12 games at cornerback for the Cardinals. He tallied 68 tackles (44 solo, 24 assists) plus led Ball State with five interceptions. Hill also registered six tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick on the season.

Two sophomores -- Brandon Crawford (Fort Wayne, Ind./South H.S.) and Alex Knipp (Amherst, Ohio/Steele H.S.) -- were named to the All-MAC Third Team.

Crawford, a 31-year-old former Marine, started all 12 games at defensive end for Ball State. He ranked sixth for Ball State in total tackles with 59 plus led the Cardinals with 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Crawford is tied for 22nd in the nation in tackles for loss. The former Marine blocked the potential game-winning field goal at Navy in the final play of regulation, which propelled Ball State to a 34-31 overtime win over the Midshipmen.

Knipp started nine games and played in all 12 contests for Ball State. The defensive back registered 75 tackles, which ranked third for the Cardinals, plus tallied two tackles for loss, four interceptions and two pass breakups. Knipp's interception at Western Michigan stalled the Broncos final drive of the game to secure the Ball State win. His 57-yard interception return vs. Central Michigan was the longest of the season for Ball State.


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