Ball State Preview 2006 - Offense
Ball State Cardinals
Preview 2006 - Cardinal Offense
What you need to know ...
Early suspension, no stability on the line, and too many
young, inexperienced players contributed to a disastrous season
finishing 106th in the nation in total offense averaging 299
yards and 21 points per game. Fortunately, ten starters return
helped immensely by a line that should be night-and-day better
now that tackles Andre Ramsey and Robert Brewster aren't true
freshmen anymore. Joey Lynch has the potential to be one of the
MAC's better quarterbacks with a good receiving corps to throw
to. There's no power in the backfield, but speed backs B.J. Hill
and Larry Bostic can be effective if they get room to run.
Passing: Joey Lynch
198-314, 1,982 yds, 18 TD, 7 INT
Rushing: B.J. Hill
82 carries, 421 yds, 2 TD
Receiving: Terry Moss
36 catches, 420 yds, 4 TD
Star of the offense: Senior QB Joey Lynch
Size in the backfield, quality pass protection
Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore
OTs Andre Ramsey and Robert Brewster
Unsung star on the rise: Ramsey
Best pro prospect: Sophomore TE Darius Hill
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Lynch, 2) WR Louis
Johnson, 3) Hill
Strength of the offense: Tight end, experience
Weakness of the offense:
Joey Lynch has All-MAC potential with an experienced
receiving corps to work with and all five starters returning to
the line to give him more protection. Considering all the
problems of last year, Lynch had a fine season. Outside of not
getting rid of the ball quickly enough, he didn't make many
mistakes. Warren Suess is a capable number two man, while 6-7
Zach ones and fellow redshirt freshman Tanner Justice will
battle for the number three spot.
The key to the unit: Carve out a little bit of
meaningful playing time for the backups in case something
happens to Joey Lynch and to get the ball rolling for the 2007
race for the starting job.
Quarterback Rating: 6.5
- Joey Lynch, Sr. - 198-314, 63%, 1,982 yds, 18 TD, 7 INT
Lynch has the potential to be one of the MAC's best
quarterbacks. He had a sensational 2005 under trying
circumstances with little support around him and an offensive
line that nearly got him killed. He's a good decision maker with
an accurate arm, and he's deadly when he gets hot. He won't run
for yards, but he has a little bit of mobility. Expect bigger
numbers and more deep balls as the line starts to provide better
protection giving Lynch more time to let plays develop.
- Warren Suess, Soph. - 6-13, 46%, 67 yds
Suess is a bigger option than Joey Lynch at 6-4 and 206 pounds
and is more of a runner, but he's the clear number two man. He
saw time in mop-up duty last season and has a little bit of
practice experience to rely on.
- Zach Jones, RFr.
Jones is a huge option as the number three man. He's 6-7 and 220
pounds with a big arm. He'll need practice time and reps to be
in the mix for the 2007 starting job.
The loss of Charles Wynn takes away a special back that
added punch to the offense, but there are quick veterans
returning and several options to choose from. B.J. Hill and
Larry Bostic are small speed backs who should form a dangerous
1-2 punch, but the backfield needs Brenton Martin or Nick Wedlow
to provide more power. The fullback situation is solid with the
return of Brad Salyer, but the carries are reserves for the
The key to the unit: Find a steady short yardage back
to grind out tough yards and get more big plays from B.J. Hill
and Larry Bostic.
Running Back Rating: 5.5
- B.J. Hill, Soph. 82 carries, 420 yds, 5.1 ypc, 2 TD, 18
catches, 123 yds
Hill was a spot starter last year while Charles Wynn was serving
out his suspension, and he had a strong year finishing second on
the team in rushing. He's a small, quick back at 5-7 and 181
pounds with good hands and good moves in open space. He was one
of the stars of the five-overtime win over Western Michigan with
170 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He's also a kick
- Fullback Brad Salyer, Sr.- 9 catches 38 yds, 2 TD
One of the MAC's stronger
run blockers, the 242-pound senior doesn't run the ball, but
he'll get a few catches from time to time. He was part of the
suspensions early last year missing plenty of action, and now he
returns to be one of the keys to the ground attack.
- Larry Bostic, Sr. - 64 carries, 196 yds, 3.1 ypc, 3
TD, 12 catches, 105 yds
Bostic returned from a knee injury only to be suspended for time
last year. He's a fast back with good straight line speed and
great hands, but he doesn't provide much power at 5-7 and 189
- Brenton Martin, Sr. - 2 catches, 9 yards
The former walk-on didn't see anything in the way of carries
last year, but that could change this year as he'll provide more
power at 221 pounds than the smaller B.J. Hill and Larry Bostic.
- Nick Wedlow, Soph. - 11 carries, 17 yds
It'll be interesting to see how Wedlow's role increases. He fits
the mold of the rest of the BSU backs and was a productive
player in high school, but he doesn't have special moves like
starter B.J. Hill. Even so, he's a tough runner who should get
around 50 carries this year.
- Fullback Chris Clancy, Soph.
Brad Salyer is firmly entrenched as the starting fullback, but
Clancy can be a part of the offense as a receiver as well as a
blocker. He ran for 2,219 yards in high school and could be used
as a more of a power runner than Salyer.
This should be a plus with three good options at both of
the receiver spots and a deep and talented group of tight ends
with four solid options. Louis Johnson was one of last year's
breakout players, and now he should be in for a big season on
the outside with veteran Terry Moss cleaning up everything on
the inside. There are good prospects waiting in the wings led by
redshirt freshmen Jon Myles and DeAndre Rogers, and solid
veterans in Dan Dunford and Bryan Williamson to count on. Tight
end is one of the team's biggest strengths with Michael
Steinhaus an experienced starter and Darius Hill a pass catching
star on the rise.
The key to the unit: Getting a bit more out of the
deep passing game and developing the good young prospects into
Receiver Rating: 5.5
- Louis Johnson, Soph. - 28 catches, 413 yds, 14.8 ypc, 1 TD
He's a rail-thin 6-1 and 178 pounds, but he's a speedy deep
threat who had a nice first season highlighted by a seven-catch,
132-yard day against Ohio. After being a spot starter last year,
he'll hold down one of the starting job from day one as a
field-stretcher on the outside.
- Terry Moss, Sr. - 36 catches, 420 yds, 11.7 ypc, 4 TD
Moss led the team in receiving last year as the steadiest target
all season long. He's not a gamebreaker, but he's a reliable
medium range target with the quickness and experience to always
be open. He'll be the team's number one receiver again,
- Tight end Michael Steinhaus, Sr. - 11 catches, 81 yds,
7.4 ypc, 1 TD
Steinhaus didn't make the impact he was expected to as a
receiver, but he has good hands and a is a solid route runner.
At 6-3 and 256 pounds, he's a physical target who can also block
a little bit.
- Dan Dunford, Jr. - 15 catches, 185 yds, 12.3 ypc, 1 TD
Dunford is one of the team's better athletes able to return
kicks as well as take over the starting role on the outside if
needed. He's a good deep threat who caught a 64-yard touchdown
pass against Bowling Green.
- DeAndre Rogers, RFr.
A good scorer in high school and a champion hurdler, the 6-3
Rogers will be an intriguing option on the outside playing
behind Louis Johnson and Dan Dunford.
- Bryan Williamson, Sr. - 3 catches, 24 yds
Buried deep on the depth chart after only playing in three games
last year, Williamson will try to get back in the mix after
being one of the team's top receivers over the previous few
seasons. He's a physical 6-3 and 207 pounds with 60 career
catches for 673 yards and three touchdowns. .
- Jon Myles, RFr.
It'll be interesting to see how quickly the team brings Myles
along. He's not huge, but he's a physical receiver for the
underneath routes adding a bit more size than Terry Moss.
- Tight end Darius Hill, Soph. - 11 catches, 136 yds,
12.4 ypc, 3 TD
The 6-6, 230-pound sophomore is a
big-time athlete and certain to push Michael Steinhaus for time
at tight end. He became a factor over the second half of the
season starting out with a five-catch, 55-yard, one touchdown
day against Western Michigan, and now he'll play a major role in
two tight end sets.
The line was awful last season allowing 43 sacks and only
paving the way for 110 yards per game, but that's primarily because it
never got a chance to jell. Early suspensions and starting two true
freshmen at tackle made it hard to develop any continuity as the line
rarely had the same starting lineup two weeks in a row. Things should be
appreciably better with tackles Andre Ramsey and Robert Brewster now
experienced sophomores and a good-sized group of guards to help out the
running game. Depth is an issue early on, especially at tackle, where
there aren't enough athletes to form a steady rotation.
The key to the unit: Continuity. The line needs to
keep the same starting five together for a few games. Better pass
protection will be the key to the attack.
Offensive Line Rating: 5
- OT Andre Ramsey, Soph.
Ramsey became one of the line's better players getting the start from
day one as a true freshman. He's still developing after coming to BSU as
a good 285-pound prospect and has now become a solid, strong 308-pound
blocker at left tackle.
- OG Justin Schneider, Sr.
Mostly a tackle early in his career, the veteran spent most of last year
shuffling between the two guard spots with a few starts at left tackle.
He's the senior member of the line and will get the start at left guard
forming a solid side of the line with tackle Andre Ramsey. He's also
listed as the backup behind Ramsey.
- C Dan Gerberry, Soph.
Gerberry was one of the line's steadiest players starting every game in
the middle. He's a good sized MAC center at 285 pounds and is a good
leader for the line.
- OG Dustin Brown, Jr.
The 301-pound Brown is a tough, veteran run blocker who got back into
the mix after missing the early part of last year and was a key blocker
at both guard positions. He'll get the starting now at right guard and
should be one of the team's better maulers. He can play center if
- OT Robert Brewster, Soph.
Brewster started from day one of his true freshman year and has a
boatload of potential. He's getting in better shape after coming to BSU
at 330. Now he's a leaner 320 and should be better in pass protection.
- G Eric Larrimer, Soph.
Larrimer started out as a reserve tackle before spending last year as a
spot starter at guard. He played the first three games at left guard
before the starters were able to get back in the mix, and he has the
experience, toughness, and 307-pound size to see plenty of action this
- G John Purdy, Fr.
He's huge. At 6-6 and 341 pounds, Purdy is a massive prospect at right
guard behind Dustin Brown. If nothing else, he'll be an option to go to
on short yardage situations to move the pile.