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Mike Ball, RB

School: Nevada  |  Conference: WAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Height/Weight: 5-09 / 206 lbs.
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03/22/2012 - Mike Ball can light up a room. Heck, he can light up Mackay Stadium. And we're not even talking about his skills as a running back yet. His smile and easy-going nature are his poison ivy, except you don't have to touch him. You only need to be in his presence and you'll catch it. I'm pretty sure he smiles when he sleeps, and when he awakes, he sits up, stretches and says to himself, "Let's see how many folks' day I can brighten today." He's sunshine in sneakers. But there's something in his DNA that just makes you scratch your head. The NFL knows what Mike Ball did wrong. He told them at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February. Withholding such information is more costly than coming forth with it. And he knows it will cost him. At just under 5-foot-9 and 213 pounds, Ball is a fringe running back. And getting booted off the Nevada football team as a junior last fall might be the difference between making it or busting out. "I went to the combine and put it all on the table," Ball said Wednesday after taking part in the Wolf Pack's annual pro day, in which former Pack players and pro hopefuls are put through drills by NFL scouts. "I don't think they're comfortable with it. But everything is in the past. I've got to move forward now. ... "Yeah, I think it'll affect me getting drafted because there are a lot of good players out there. I don't get caught up in it. Once I get my foot in the door I'm ready to take somebody's job." - Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal

11/22/2011 - Nevada running back Mike Ball has been kicked off the team. Coach Chris Ault said in a statement Tuesday that the Wolf Pack's leading rusher violated team rules and protocol so there was no choice but to dismiss him. Ault declined to provide any details. Ball had rushed for 704 yards and three touchdowns while starting five of nine games this season. The junior from Las Vegas is Nevada's leading kick returner with 1,695 yards on 70 returns. Ball ran for a career-best five touchdowns in Nevada's 63-28 win over rival UNLV as a freshman in 2009. His best game this year was 198 yards against Fresno State. - AP Sports

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nevada running back Mike Ball, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Pines HS), had 216 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Nevada's 45-38 win over Fresno State. Ball rushed for a career-high 198 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and added two catches for 18 yards and another score. He had rushes of 35 and 41 yards, the two longest runs by any Nevada player this year. Others nominated on offense: junior running back Robbie Rouse, Fresno State; senior quarterback Bryant Moniz, Hawai'i; junior running back Kenny Turner, New Mexico State; and junior running back Robert Turbin, Utah State. - WAC football

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nevada running back Mike Ball, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Pines HS), rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Nevada's 17-14 win at San Jose State. Both scores came in the first half to help the Wolf Pack build a 14-7 lead. On the first touchdown drive that went for 11 plays and 77 yards, Ball rushed seven times for 50 yards. On the second touchdown, Ball carried it the last four plays of the drive to punch it into the end zone. Others nominated on offense: sophomore quarterback Derek Carr, Fresno State. - WAC football

09/18/2011 - Mike Ball ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Duke Williams intercepted a potential go-ahead pass in the end zone with 1:10 remaining to seal Nevada's 17-14 victory over San Jose State on Saturday. The Wolf Pack (1-1) looked in control for most of the game before backup quarterback Matt Faulkner entered late in the third quarter to spark the Spartans (0-3). Faulkner led San Jose State on a touchdown drive that cut Nevada's lead to 17-14 midway through the fourth and drove the Spartans to the 15 in the closing minutes. But on third-and-9, Williams intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for Chandler Jones to thwart the comeback attempt and give the defending Western Athletic Conference champion Wolf Pack the win in the conference opener. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Pistol offense is back, but the players running it are entirely new as quarterback Colin Kaepernick, running back Vai Taua and tight end Virgil Green have moved on. Senior Tyler Lantrip takes over for Kaepernick. Mike Ball is the top candidate to replace Taua, though the Wolf Pack has a deep group of running backs. The Wolf Pack's top weapon is wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who could play a larger role in the Nevada offense this season. Junior guard Chris Barker anchors the line, having started the last 27 games. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
03/22/2012 - Mike Ball can light up a room. Heck, he can light up Mackay Stadium. And we're not even talking about his skills as a running back yet. His smile and easy-going nature are his poison ivy, except you don't have to touch him. You only need to be in his presence and you'll catch it. I'm pretty sure he smiles when he sleeps, and when he awakes, he sits up, stretches and says to himself, "Let's see how many folks' day I can brighten today." He's sunshine in sneakers. But there's something in his DNA that just makes you scratch your head. The NFL knows what Mike Ball did wrong. He told them at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February. Withholding such information is more costly than coming forth with it. And he knows it will cost him. At just under 5-foot-9 and 213 pounds, Ball is a fringe running back. And getting booted off the Nevada football team as a junior last fall might be the difference between making it or busting out. "I went to the combine and put it all on the table," Ball said Wednesday after taking part in the Wolf Pack's annual pro day, in which former Pack players and pro hopefuls are put through drills by NFL scouts. "I don't think they're comfortable with it. But everything is in the past. I've got to move forward now. ... "Yeah, I think it'll affect me getting drafted because there are a lot of good players out there. I don't get caught up in it. Once I get my foot in the door I'm ready to take somebody's job." - Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal

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