Despite playing just two seasons in Starkville, the recently graduated Ballard ended his career 10th all-time in rushing yards (2,157), tied for fifth in career points scored, tied for 10th in touchdowns responsible for (29) and became just the eighth player in school history with 10-plus 100-yard rushing games.
Ballard is coming off MVP honors in the 2011 Music City Bowl, where the 2011 co-captain ran for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries, helping the Maroon and White defeat the Wake Forest, 23-17. The Pascagoula, Miss., native's rushing output marked the second-most by a Bulldog in a bowl game in school history, while his 72-yard sprint for a touchdown was the longest by a Bulldog in a bowl game all-time. Ballard finished the 2011 campaign with 1,189 rushing yards, fourth-most by a MSU back in a single season.
Honorable mention All-SEC by league media ... started 10 of 12 games played ... led Bulldogs with 994 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns on 186 carries (5.2 per) ... caught 10 passes for 106 yards and a score.
Posted 940 yards rushing and 522 receiving yards during his senior season at Pascagoula High School ... Also scored 17 touchdowns during senior campaign ... Named to G&W Recruiting Report Preseason Watch List prior to senior season ... Played in Max Emfinger All-American Game ... Signed with Jackson State and had an offer from Houston.
Born July 16, 1990 ... Son of Vick Terry and Katie Ballard ... Uncle Walter Ballard played football at UTEP.