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2015 NFL DRAFT

Keith Wenning, QB

School: Ball State  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Coldwater, OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 218 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
232126-7
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 6/194 -- Keith Wenning, QB, 6-3, 218, Ball State...Wenning orchestrated 10 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career. He was a two-time team captain and is known as an accurate, poised passer. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - The Ravens may have acquired their eventual backup to Joe Flacco when they drafted Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round. The Ravens talked with veteran Brandon Weeden during free agency before he signed with the Dallas Cowboys and are planning ahead as current backup Tyrod Taylor enters the final year of his rookie contract. "Keith is a developmental quarterback," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "(Offensive coordinator) Gary Kubiak has a lot of hope for Keith." Wenning is a two-time team captain who orchestrated 10 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career. He set school records with 11,402 career yards, 92 touchdown passes, 1,035 completions and 1,642 attempts. He also rushed for 13 touchdowns. "The more you get to know me, I feel like I'm really composed as a player," said Wenning, who had an official visit with the Ravens. "My composure, that's just the way I play the quarterback position. I'm always calm and cool under pressure. I just feel like if you do what you practice and everything that you've been through, you'll be able to rise in those type of situations."

Wenning was a four-year starter who passed for 4,148 yards as a senior with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Now, he'll battle with Taylor. "Yes, he'll be competing," Newsome said. "If Tyrod gets the opportunity to get on the field and plays lights out, then it will be very difficult for us to be able to retain him. To already have someone here to start to develop, to work with Joe, I think is a very positive thing." - The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Keith Wenning, Ball State, 6-3, 218, 5.00...Toiled in the shadow of MAC star Jordan Lynch, who grabbed attention while leading Northern Illinois to three straight MAC championship games. Otherwise, Wenning would have been noticed for his his accuracy and field savvy as he completed 296-of-454 passes for 3,933 yards, with 34 touchdowns and only six interceptions in regular season. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/14/2014 - Ball State QB Keith Wenning (6-2, 219) isn't quite on the same level as Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo or Cornell QB Jeff Mathews on the East side, but he's separated himself as the top quarterback on the West squad. While he lacks a howitzer, Wenning's arm strength is good enough and his placement and timing has been top notch, despite a light afternoon wind. While not a lock to be drafted, Wenning has certainly helped himself through two days of practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/05/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ball State QB Keith Wenning had the misfortune of playing in the shadow of Jordan Lynch, the Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback who led Northern Illinois to three straight MAC championship games. In any other recent era, Wenning would have grabbed the offensive headlines in the conference, with his accuracy and field savvy. Wenning completed 296-of-454 passes for 3,933 yards, with 34 touchdowns and only six interceptions, so when the Cardinals attack Arkansas State, look for Wenning to try to move this team with a variety of passes. - The Sports Xchange

12/14/2013 - 2013 ALL-MAC SECOND TEAM: Quarterback - Keith Wenning, Ball State...Wenning set nearly every passing record in Ball State history after completing 296-of-454 passes for 3,933 yards with 34 touchdowns and only six interceptions in the regular season. He set the school standard for touchdown passes in a game with six in the regular season finale vs. Miami University, while matching his career high with 445 passing yards against the RedHawks.

He set the Ball State single season record for passing yards, touchdown passes, and 300-yard passing games in a season (9). Wenning also owns the Ball State career records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass completions and pass attempts. He earned second team honors after being named to the third team a year ago. - Ball State football

11/29/2013 - Keith Wenning passed for 445 yards and six touchdowns in Ball State's systematic destruction of Miami (Ohio) 55-14 Friday. Ball State (10-2, 7-1 MAC) rolled up 585 total yards of offense and had three receivers catch touchdown passes and eclipse 100 yards receiving. Jamill Smith caught seven balls for 127 yards and three TDs, Jordan Williams made five catches for 161 yards and a pair of scores and Willie Snead hauled in 11 passes for 133 yards and one TD.

The Cardinals raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead, including Wenning's 72-yard pass-and-run to Williams, before Miami (0-12, 0-8) finally got on the board in the third on Drew Kummer's 58-yard scoring strike to Dawan Scott. The RedHawks got a 3-yard scoring plunge from Austin Gearing to cut the lead to 38-14, but Ball State tacked on two more TDs and a field goal in the rout. - AP Sports

11/07/2013 - Keith Wenning threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns and Horactio Banks had 11 carries for 143 yards and a score to help Ball State beat Central Michigan 44-24 on Wednesday night. The Cardinals (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) have won seven straight since falling at North Texas on Sept. 14. They are at No. 22 Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0) next Wednesday night in a key West Division game and will close the regular season at home against Miami of Ohio on Nov. 19.

Ball State has won 11 consecutive conference games, one shy of the school record set in 1977-78. They also won 11 in a row in MAC play in 2007-08. Wenning, Ball State's career leader in touchdown passes, passing yards, completions and attempts, completed 20 of 29 passes without an interception. Cooper Rush was 20 of 32 for 284 yards and a touchdown for Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3). He also ran for a score. - AP Sports

10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Keith Wenning, Ball State, threw five TD passes in a 42-24 win over Akron. - AP Sports

10/26/2013 - Keith Wenning threw five touchdown passes as Ball State remained undefeated in conference play with a 42-24 win over Akron on Saturday. Ball State (8-1, 5-0 Mid-American) scored on touchdown passes from Wenning to Willie Snead on each of its first two possessions. Snead hauled in a 12-yarder for the game's first score and then a 6-yarder on the following drive, putting the Cardinals up 14-3. Snead had seven catches for 100 yards.

Jordan Williams also caught two touchdown passes from Keith Wenning, an 8-yarder just before the half and a 20-yarder in the third quarter to give Ball State a 35-17 lead. Williams tallied over 100 yards receiving for the third time this season, finishing with 12 receptions for 124 yards. Jahwan Edwards added 120 yards rushing and a score for the Cardinals. Jawon Chisholm ran for 166 yards and a touchdown for Akron (2-7, 1-4). - AP Sports

10/19/2013 - Keith Wenning passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ball State to a 38-17 win over Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference matchup Saturday. The Cardinals (7-1, 4-0) piled up 483 yards of total offense while holding winless Western Michigan to just 3 points for most of the game. Wenning marked his eighth straight game with more than 300 yards passing, directing an aerial attack that included a 42-yard TD strike to Jamill Smith, a 27-yard touchdown throw to Willie Snead and 2-yard end zone toss to Zane Fakes.

Jahwan Edwards led the Cardinals ground game with 92 yards rushing, including 25-yard touchdown, while Horactio Banks scrambled for a TD from the 38. Scott Secor kicked a 37-yard field goal. Western Michigan attempted a fourth-quarter comeback with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis from Zach Terrell, then scored again on a 26-yard fumble return by Ronald Zamort. - AP Sports

10/12/2013 - Keith Wenning threw a game-winning touchdown to Willie Snead late in the fourth quarter to help Ball State prevail over Kent State 27-24 in a Mid-American Conference matchup Saturday. Trailing 24-20, the Cardinals (6-1, 3-0 MAC) drove down the field twice toward the end of the game. After failing to convert a fourth-and-six on the previous drive, the Cardinals faced another fourth down deep in the redzone, but converted it as Wenning found Snead again for a 7-yard go-ahead score with 1:29 remaining.

The Golden Flashes (2-5, 1-3) drove to midfield, but were stopped on a fourth-and-15. Wenning went 23-of-46 for 305 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Snead finished with 152 yards receiving on 10 catches. Kent State's Colin Reardon had 166 yards passing and two touchdowns, but left the game with an apparent left ankle injury. He was relieved by David Fisher for the final drive. - AP Sports

10/08/2013 - Stat of the Day: Prior to Pete Lembo taking over at Ball State, BSU was 1-23 against teams from AQ (automatic qualifier) conferences. After Saturday's 48-27 thumping of host Virginia, Lembo's program is 4-3 in such games. That is a remarkable turnaround job Lembo has done there. UVA's D had been very solid, only allowing 299 yards of total offense entering the weekend, but Ball State gashed the Cavaliers for 502 yards as Keith Wenning threw for 346 and was only sacked once by a team that came in averaging 3.3. Wenning has been superb. This season, Lembo says his QB has gotten much better at throwing the deep ball. He's also only been sacked six times in five games -- not bad consider BSU only had one returning O-line starter back. It all starts with Lembo, the best-kept secret in coaching.

If you haven't heard of Pete Lembo, you will now. The 43-year-old former Georgetown Hoya has worked his way up from one small football program to another and won everywhere. He took over a Ball State program that was 6-18 the previous two seasons before he'd arrived. In his second season, BSU went 9-4, beating teams from the Big Ten and the Big East. Now they're 5-1 and have an ACC takedown too. He's also sparked Ball State to the highest APR in school history and was tied for first in the Mid-American Conference among football programs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/08/2013 - Stat of the Day: At Elon, his previous stop, the program had gone 14-42 he five seasons before he arrived and he led them to a 35-22 record, including winning seasons in his last four seasons there. His record at Lehigh before that: 44-14. "The sum is greater than the parts," Lembo told me Saturday night when asked about how his program has risen up. "Our staff is very tight-knit and that trickles down to the players. They really believe in what we're doing. It's substance over style." ADs across the country should believe in what Lembo's doing too. In fact, given the struggles Mike London is having at Virginia, it's no stretch to think Lembo could be coaching on the opposite sideline at Virginia a year from now.

Ball State is one of those programs where you're living in the margins of major college football. BSU has no indoor football complex. The coaching offices look like what you'd expect from a small high school program. The team's starting tailback, Jahwan Edwards, had only Division II offers and followed the staff from Elon to BSU. Against Virginia, he ran for 155 yards and three TDs in ACC country. In 2012, Edwards had 1410 yards. Many of the players starting for Lembo's team only had one FBS offer -- from Ball State. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/05/2013 - Keith Wenning threw for two touchdowns and Jahwan Edwards ran for three more as Ball State defeated Virginia 48-27 on Saturday. Wenning also ran for a score as Ball State (5-1) shredded a Virginia defense that came in allowing only 299 yards per game. The Cardinals finished with 506 yards. Wenning had TD passes of 11 yards to Willie Snead in the second quarter and 72 yards to Jordan Williams - a fourth-quarter back-breaker that put the Cardinals up 41-27 and sent many in the crowd of 38,228 scurrying for the exits. Edwards' 17-yard TD run sealed it. He also had scoring runs of 3 and 32 yards.

Virginia (2-3) came in looking for more offense after an abysmal showing in last week's 14-3 loss to Pittsburgh, and they got it. The Cavaliers looked explosive at times as they compiled 459 yards, but they were done in by missed opportunities on overthrown passes in the first half and costly turnovers and penalties in the second. Quarterback David Watford was 21 of 36 for 209 yards for Virginia, and Kevin Parks ran for two touchdowns. - AP Sports

10/01/2013 - Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning continues to fly under the radar. This week's game at Virginia might be Wenning's coming-out party. Wenning has thrown for at least 300 yards in all five games this year, sparking the Cardinals to a victory over Toledo with 335 yards passing. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2013 - The Cardinals are rolling out of the gate and have two lop-sided wins to their credit after dispatching Illinois State in the opener and then dominating Army 40-14 in their most recent outing. Ball State is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2008 season, and has the hottest leader in the conference in QB Keith Wenning, who has seven touchdowns in two games five passing and two rushing. GAME PREVIEW: at North Texas, Saturday. The Cardinals will have a pretty good gauge on how tough the Mean Green will be since North Texas pushed MAC East Division pre-season favorite Ohio to the limit last week before falling 27-21 to the Bobcats. North Texas had four turnovers in its loss to Ohio, so the Cardinals will be looking to force a few similar game-changing moments. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ball State QB Keith Wenning...Senior quarter back Keith Wenning (Coldwater, Ohio) completed 23-of-32 passes for 325 yards with two touchdowns in Ball State's 40-14 victory over Army. Wenning now has 62 career touchdowns, trailing only the 74 by Nate Davis (2006-08) on Ball State's career list. Wenning has accounted for seven touchdowns through two games with five through the air and two on the ground. He topped the 300-yard passing mark for the eighth time in his career, and the 250-yard plateau for the 13th time in his four seasons. - MAC football

09/07/2013 - Keith Wenning passed for two touchdowns and 325 yards and Ball State defeated Army 40-14 on Saturday. Jamill Smith had 83 yards receiving and a score. Wenning was 23 of 32 passing. On the Cardinals' first drive, Willie Snead caught passes of 11, 15 and 13 yards. Horactio Banks, who had two touchdowns and 51 yards rushing, had a 7-yard rush and later a 10-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. On the next drive, Smith scored the go-ahead TD on an 8-yard reception to make it 14-7.

Ball State's Scott Secor kicked a career-best 47-yard field goal to give the Cardinals (2-0) a 17-7 lead. Larry Dixon, who had 107 yards rushing and two scores for Army (1-1), broke away for a 71-yard run to give the Black Knights the lead 56 seconds into the game. Army's Angel Santiago had 49 yards on 3-of 11-passing and an interception. Ball State has won three straight against Army. - AP Sports

08/29/2013 - QB Keith Wenning of Ball State appears to be thriving in the fast-paced offense of third-year head coach Pete Lembo. Wenning has thrown for 43 touchdowns in the last two seasons, and improved in every category. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - The Cardinals are certainly trending in the right direction, putting up nine wins and earning a bowl berth last season, and moving to 15-10 in two seasons under head coach Pete Lembo. QB Keith Wenning is in a very comfortable groove under the offensive direction of Lembo, with 43 touchdown passes and just 21 interceptions over the past two seasons. A dynamite senior year for Wenning could translate into even bigger things for the Cardinals.

THIS WEEK'S GAME: vs. Illinois State, Thursday, 7 p.m. ET. The Cardinals have one of the MAC's better balanced attacks with savvy veteran QB Keith Wenning at the controls of a quick-strike, fast-paced offense that should light things up, beginning with the opener against the Redbirds. Ball State reloads its linebacker group and patches a couple holes on the offensive front, but Illinois State has been hit hard by graduation losses and is rebuilding. The Cardinals should turn loose hefty RB Jahwan Edwards and then let Wenning start lighting things up. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Keith Wenning passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Ball State defeated Illinois State 51-28 in the season opener for both teams. Willie Snead caught two of Wenning's touchdown passes and finished with nine catches for 164 yards. Wennin was 24 of 40 for 340 yards. Illinois State led 21-9 before Wenning hit Javond Williams to make it 21-16 at half. Ball State opened the second half with the two touchdowns passes to Snead before Wenning scored his fifth touchdown on a 3-yard run. Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks each had rushing touchdowns to conclude the six-touchdown run for the Cardinals.

Illinois State, coming off a FCS quarterfinal appearance finish last season, was led by Jared Barnett who was 20 for 29 with two touchdowns. Collin Keoshian also scored two touchdowns for the Redbirds. The two teams have not played since 1993, renewing the series dating to 1957. - AP Sports

08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Keith Wenning is high on most of Ball State's passing records lists and has a good chance to overtake Nate Davis in many of them during his senior season. He completed 65 percent of his passes in 2012 with 24 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Keith Wenning, Ball State,...Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game in 2012. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. He has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau. - Ball State football

08/05/2013 - Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning is out, at least for the time being, after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Cardinals coach Pete Lembo described the procedure as minor -- a quick fix for a knee issue that was "annoying" Wenning -- and told reporters the senior starter would be available for the season opener against Illinois State. "We fully expect he will be back on the practice field in a relatively short time and ready to go for the season opener Aug. 29," Lembo said. "In the meatime, we will be able to get a very thorough evaluation of our backup quarterbacks who are competing well so far this preseason."

Wenning was a 2nd team All-MAC selection in 2012 after passing for 3,095 yards and 24 touchdowns on the way to a 9-4 finish for the Cardinals. The three-year starter ranks second on the school's career list for both passing yards (7,254) and passing touchdowns (57). Wenning already holds the school records for completions (716) and attempts (1,144). - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

08/04/2013 - Ball State starting quarterback Keith Wenning had arthroscopic surgery on an undisclosed left knee injury Saturday. Coach Pete Lembo described the surgery as a minor procedure and said he expects Wenning to return in time to start the Aug. 29 season opener against Illinois State. Lembo said the knee had been ''annoying'' Wenning and the team thought it best to get it fixed now. But losing the senior is still a blow.

After throwing for 7,254 yards and 57 touchdowns in his first three seasons at Ball State, Wenning enters 2013 ranked second on the school's career charts in yards passing and TDs. He already holds the school record for completions (716) and attempts (1,144). He also was a second-team all-Mid-American Conference selection in 2012. - AP Sports

07/20/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Keith Wenning, Ball State...Wenning was earlier named to the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List for an award which goes to the nation's college football player of the year. He was named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2012 and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week. Wenning enters his senior season second in career passing yards (7,254) and first in career pass attempts (1,144) at Ball State. He started 33 straight games before missing the 2012 regular season finale with an injury, but returned to start the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. A 2013 team captain, Wenning received Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as a junior.

Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. Wenning has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau. - Ball State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Keith Wenning, Ball State...Wenning was named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2012 and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week. He enters his senior season second in career passing yards (7,254) and first in career pass attempts (1,144) at Ball State. He started 33 straight games before missing the 2012 regular season finale with an injury, but returned to start the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl.

A 2013 team captain, Wenning received Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as a junior. Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. Wenning has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau. - Ball State football

 
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 6/194 -- Keith Wenning, QB, 6-3, 218, Ball State...Wenning orchestrated 10 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career. He was a two-time team captain and is known as an accurate, poised passer. - The Sports Xchange
 

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