In addition to the three season long captains, Ball State will name a game week captain for each contest throughout the season.
“We are very fortunate to have several established leaders on our team at a number of different positions," Lembo says. "Keith and Connor did an outstanding job as captains in 2012 and now hold the distinct honor of being two time captains in our program. Nate has been a very steady and solid player for us the last two seasons. However, he has really seized the opportunity as a rising senior to extend his influence. Nate has improved as a student and has overcome adversity in his personal life. At the same time, he has continued to earn respect from his teammates and coaches. He had an outstanding spring and practiced with great consistency. Keith, Connor and Nate will have a lot of help on and off the field from a number of quality teammates we all would have been very comfortable with as captains as well.”
Ollie, a senior defensive tackle for the Cardinals, was a 2012 All-Mid-American Conference Third Team selection after starting all 13 games, including the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. Ollie, who was also named to the All-MAC Second Team as a sophomore, managed a career high nine tackles at Army last season. He ranked ninth at Ball State with 51 tackles a year ago plus was second on the team with eight tackles for loss and with four sacks.
Ryan, a senior wide receiver for Ball State, played in all 13 games last season, including the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. He was a 2012 team captain and earned Capital One Academic All-District V honors. A two-time recipient of honorable mention on the Academic All-MAC Team, Ryan had a career high seven catches for a career best 88 yards with one touchdown at Toledo last season. He ranked fourth on the team with 44 receptions in 2013 for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Wenning, a senior quarterback for the Cardinals, was a 2012 All-MAC Second Team choice and Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player. Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks and is climbing the Ball State career charts. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. Wenning completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. He 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.
The Cardinals will open the 2013 season with an Aug. 29 home game vs. Illinois State at Scheumann Stadium. To purchase season tickets or tickets to any home game, order online or call 1.888.BSU.TICKET.