With just 36 days remaining until Ball State football opens 2013 against Illinois State, the Cardinals got the news they were picked third in the MAC West at the annual MAC Media Day. Ball State did receive three first place votes and two votes to win the league's title game. Take a look back at media day with Twitter-sized bites of info from across the MAC.
@Pete_Lembo on preseason poll: "It's great to see our program earning some credibility and respect...It's great to be relevant."
Lembo on camp: "Our guys are looking forward to preseason practice...It's a good sign. When we talk about a lifestyle that's what we expect."
Lembo on @Wenning10: "I think by nature he's a pretty introverted guy who has pushed himself to become a vocal leader."
@Wenning10 on the best QB in MAC: "I have to say myself. If you go in and don't think you're the best then you're not going to be."
Keith Wenning on improving: "I've worked this offseason harder than I ever have before. I'm hungrier than I've ever been before."
Wenning said he was the only college QB out in Cali when working with Todd Durkin (also there were Brees/Palmer/A. Smith etc).
Wenning on NFL QB's working out with Todd Durkin: "They'd help me...I really wouldn't say much to them about helping them."
Wenning said he learned about how much time and dedication the NFL QB's put into their craft...."How much time they put into their profession. It's different when you play in college and you have homework. It's more than just football."
Wenning on improving for the NFL: "At Ball State we don't do much under center so this offseason I worked on getting out under center."
@Nathan_da_great92 said yesterday this was the first year he's been here the defense has run its own summer workouts.
Nate Ollie on voluntary workouts:"I've been seeing the offense put in extra work after the workouts and they're [the workouts] really successful.
Toledo HC Matt Campbell on BSU: "I truly believe they're one of the most well coached teams in our conference."
Campbell: "A lot goes to them making plays in critical situations. I can remember a 4th and one where we went for it...and they made the play."
Campbell on if Keith Wenning can play in the NFL: "He certainly has the arm strength to do it and his decision making...has aided his ability...I would say yes."
Eastern Michigan HC Ron English on @Wenning10: "I just really admire the was he plays QB. He's a stud QB that's hard to defend."
Eastern Michgian HC Ron English on BSU OL: "Last year what really made them tick...they had a very veteran OL...They knew exactly what they were doing...In breaking them down this summer I watched Penn State. I watched Rutgers. I just left thinking that they were the best OL that I saw."
Akron HC Terry Bowden joking about playing BSU this year: "I don't know if getting Ball State on my schedule is all that good."
Akron's Terry Bowden: "This may be the finest era of MAC football that there's ever been."
Terry Bowden on MAC coaches: "What I enjoy is which one's going to be the next Urban Meyer? Which one's going to be the next Nick Saban?"
Terry Bowden on BSU offense: "I think they've got one of the smartest offenses out there of utilizing what they do...Great utilization of the TE. They get the most out of the running game...Not overcomplicated the offense but executing it very well."
Terry Bowden on BSU's use of the TE: "They do the same thing over and over and do it so well that you can't stop it."
NIU QB Jordan Lynch on BSU: "One of the best teams we played last year in the MAC. The defense gave me trouble. Very athletic and fundamentally sound."
Jordan Lynch threw to Willie Snead at the Manning Passing Academy. "He runs clean routes." Lynch said.
Lynch believes if he played as a bigger school he'd be taken more seriously for Heisman. "The MAC doesn't get the respect it needs."
Western Michigan Coach PJ Fleck: "Ball State has one of the classiest guys in college football. I absolutely love Pete Lembo...He is the easiest guy to talk to."
Western Michigan LB Johnnie Simon on loss to BSU last year: "It was a hard game. I give credit to [Jahwan Edwards]. That last touchdown he scored, that was a nice little run."
Western Michigan QB Tyler Van Tubbergen on BSU loss last year: "That game was crazy...that [pass] got intercepted and we got lucky and came up with the fumble [right before the end of regulation]."
WMU's Simon on BSU WR's: "They do a great job of seeing the hole and finding the hole in the defense."
KSU's Dri Archer called last year's win vs. BSU a season changer. "If we would have lost we would have gone a whole 'nother direction..."
Kent State's Roosevelt Nix on BSU game last year: "I'd say it was the craziest game up until the MAC championship game I ever played in."
Nix on best QB he played LY: "[Keith] Wenning was the [best] thrower. He can definitely throw the pill. But running I have to give respect to [NIU's Jordan] Lynch"