“I’ve been very pleased with the spring,” first year head coach Mike Neu said. “I told our guys, all of them, I love the buy in. The willingness to . . .
Sophomore quarterback Riley Neal finished with 229 yards passing and two touchdowns on just nine completions. He found senior wide out Aaron Hepp behind the defense in the first quarter for a 53-yard scoring pass. On the first play of the second half, senior wide receiver KeVonn Mabon took a short Neal pass and turned it into a 65-yard touchdown down the near sidelines.
Junior quarterback Jack Milas also had plenty of success. He directed the offense on a touchdown drive in his first snaps of the game. Sophomore running back James Gilbert wrapped up that drive with a five-yard touchdown run. Later in the first half, Milas found sophomore Devin Reece in the end zone on a 4th and-goal situation.
G-MEN PACE GROUND GAME
Gilbert led the ground attack with 85 yards and two scores on nine carries. Fellow running back Darian Green racked up 83 total yards and two touchdowns behind 20 rushing yards and 63 receiving yards.
‘D’ TAKES ONE TO THE HOUSE
On defense, sophomore linebacker Damon Singleton recorded a second quarter interception and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. Several players recorded sacks including newcomer Reggie McGee, senior Joshua Posley and junior Anthony Winbush.
This year’s spring game format had the offense take on the defense in a four-quarter game with a running clock.
The Cardinals are poised to return six starters on offense and nine on defense this fall. The Cardinals kick off their 2016 season the first weekend in September with a trip to Georgia State. Ball State’s home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 against Eastern Kentucky.