Lembo impressed with pass rush in spring

The Sports Xchange

--Ball State coach Pete Lembo gave his team good marks for its improved pass rush this spring after a mediocre performance a year ago. DEs Nick Miles and Ohio State transfer Jonathan Newsome are expected to provide a boost.

--Penalty flags were flying during the Cardinals' spring game. Ball State led the Mid-American Conference in fewest penalties last year, but coach Pete Lembo was disappointed in his team's lack of discipline in the spring game.

--The running game lacked a presence in Ball State's spring game, but Lembo said that won't be the case during the season. The run game actually is stocked with strong depth, with Jahwan Edwards leading the group as the returning starter from 2011.


WR Chris Shillings -- He played sparingly last season because he wasn't ready to contribute. Shillings gained the trust of the coaches in spring practice.

OG Jalen Schlachter -- After redshirting last year, the former Big Ten recruiting target is in position to play this season.

S Chris Pauling -- The true freshman, who competed this spring after graduating from high school in December, is an early contender for a starting job in the fall. "He showed up and you would have thought he has been here three years already," coach Pete Lembo said.

"We challenged our receivers to step up and be those (big-play) guys for us, and it was good to see a number of different guys making plays. Our receiving corps this year came out with a chip on their shoulder and was determined to get better. It was nice to see a number of different guys making plays." -- BSU coach Pete Lembo on big plays made by the receiver group during the spring.

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