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Football Student-Athletes Honored on All-MAC Teams

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: December 04, 2013
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A total of 13 Ball State football student-athletes were honored on the All-Mid-American Conference teams, which are voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches.

Zane Fakes (tight end), Jordan Hansel (offensive line), Jonathan Newsome (defensive end) and Willie Snead (wide receiver) were named to the All-MAC First Team.

Jahwan Edwards (running back), Jeffery Garrett (defensive back), Ben Ingle (linebacker), Nathan Ollie (defensive line), Jamill Smith (kickoff return specialist) and Keith Wenning (quarterback) received All-MAC Second Team honors, while Smith was also named to the third team as a wide receiver and a punt return specialist.

Jacob Richard (offensive line), Jordan Williams (wide receiver) and Scott Secor (placekicker) were named to the third team.

Fakes was named to the first team for a second straight season after tallying 37 catches for 382 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season.  He has started 11 games in 2013 and 39 games in his career.  Fakes, who earned his bachelor’s degree prior to the season and spent the fall working on his master’s degree, had a season high eight catches for a season high 96 yards at Northern Illinois.

Hansel, who has started 11 games this season and 38 in his career, anchored an offensive line that blocked for record setting seasons by Wenning, Snead and Edwards.  Hansel and Richard, who started all 12 games at center, helped Ball State rank 17th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed with an average of 1.17 per game.  Hansel was honored on the All-MAC First Team after being named to the third team a year ago. 

Newsome, who was a three-time MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week, has started 11 games in 2013 and 21 in his two seasons at Ball State after transferring from Ohio State.  Newsome ranked sixth for the Cardinals with 57 total tackles, while leading the team with 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks on the season.  He was named to the first team after being honored on the All-MAC Second Team in 2012.

Snead managed 97 catches for 1,429 yards with 14 receiving touchdowns on the season, while starting all 12 games.  He ranks fourth in the nation in receiving yards, receiving yards per game (119.1) and receiving touchdowns while ranking eighth in the latest NCAA statistics in receptions per game with an 8.1 average.  Snead broke the Ball State record for single-season receiving yards and his 2013 total ranks sixth on the all-time MAC charts.  His 97 catches rank third in a single season in Ball State history, while his 14 TD catches set a new Ball State standard.  Snead was named to the All-MAC First Team for a second straight season.

Edwards rushed for 964 yards on 184 carries with 13 touchdowns in the regular season.  He set the Ball State career record for rushing touchdowns (38) and total touchdowns (38) as a junior in 2013.  Edwards rushed for 100 or more yards three times in 2013 and his 11 career games with 100 or more yards ties for fourth on Ball State’s all-time chart.  Edwards was selected to the All-MAC Second Team for a second straight season.

Garrett tallied 49 tackles with a team high five interceptions plus tallied two fumble recoveries during the regular season.  Ingle leads the Cardinals with 105 tackles plus added 3.5 tackles for loss and one interception in 2013.  Ollie tallied 67 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery in the 2013 regular season.  Ollie was named to the second team after receiving third team honors from the MAC in 2012.

Smith tallied nine punt returns for 84 yards and 23 kickoff returns for 609 yards plus tallied 63 catches for 855 yards and eight touchdowns.  He was named to the All-MAC First Team last season as a wide receiver, while also earning third team honors as a punt return and kick return specialist.

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.

Secor has connected on 17-of-21 field goals this season with a long of 47 yards.  He has made 11 straight field goals, tying for the second longest streak in school history.  Secor made kicks of 27 and 29 yards in the regular season finale to improve to 16-of-17 on attempts of 45 yards or less this season.

Williams tallied 68 catches for 1,016 yards with 10 touchdowns in the 2013 regular season.  Williams and Wenning connected on scoring plays of 72 and 75 yards in the regular season finale vs. Miami University, and the 75-yard play was the longest passing touchdown of the season for the Cardinals.  Williams has had two touchdown catches in three games in 2013.

Ball State, under the direction of head coach Pete Lembo, completed the 2013 regular season with a 10-2 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the MAC.  The Cardinals have won at least 10 games in a season for only the third time in their 89 years of football and are awaiting an invitation to play in their second straight bowl game and fourth in seven years.

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