Ball State football has added two transfers to the 2014 roster, according to Cardinals’ head coach Pete Lembo.
“We are pleased to welcome Bruce and Julian to the Ball State football family,” Lembo said. “It has been a real pleasure getting to know both young men and their families over the last several months. Both of these student-athletes are here because they really liked how they fit in with our players and coaches when they visited the campus. They are also excited about the academic opportunities the university has to offer. The addition of two mature defensive linemen should increase the competition for playing time and our depth when preseason camp begins in late July.”
Heggie, who was announced as part of the school’s recruiting class in February, will have one year of eligibility for the Cardinals. He spent four seasons at Notre Dame and played in four games as a senior in 2013. Heggie graduated from Mount Dora High School in Florida where he played defensive end and tight end. He registered four sacks as a senior and caught 16 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. The son of Bruce and Susan Heggie, he ranked 10th in his high school class with a 4.2 grade-point average. His father played defensive end at Florida State from 1983-86. Heggie is 6-5, 275 lbs., and will be a fifth-year senior at Ball State.
Jackson completed his second season at El Camino College in 2013 and tallied 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Named the team’s Most Improved Player in his second year, Jackson was an All-Central Conference Second Team selection. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in California where he was named the school’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year as a senior. A three-year starter, Jackson was an All-Ocean League First Team choice as a senior and named his high school team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player. The son of Ernest Cheatham and Wanda Jackson, he also competed in wrestling and track at Beverly Hills.
Ball State finished the 2013 season with a 10-3 overall record and played in the GoDaddy Bowl, marking only the second time in school history the Cardinals have competed in bowl games in back-to-back seasons after playing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl after the 2012 campaign. The Cardinals will open the 2014 season Sat., Aug. 30, with a home game vs. Colgate at Scheumann Stadium.