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KALEN

BALLAGE

JUNIOR | RUNNING BACK

6-2 - 227 | PEYTON, COLORADO (FALCON)

 OVERVIEW: 

Incredible physical specimen that combines power and speed as a runner

A skilled pass receiver in addition to his intimidating talent in the run game

SOPHOMORE (2015): 

Made his first appearance of 2015 against USC (9/26), finishing with 30 yards rushing

Had the biggest game of his career with 127 rushing yards on 12 touches against

Oregon (10/29), doubling his previous career high for yardage

Had another solid game with 84 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown against

Washington State (11/7)

Recorded a game-high against Arizona (11/21)

Carried the ball 54 times for 411 yards (7.6 ypc) in a four game stretch to end the

season (not including Cal contest where he left the game injured) after having just 183

yards on 53 carries (3.5 ypc) in his first four games (missed three games to illness)

 FRESHMAN (2014): 

Appeared in 12 of the 13 games as a true freshman, primarily as a goal line back

Carried the ball 42 times for 138 yards and added three touchdowns

Added six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown

Appeared as a true freshman in the opener against Weber State (8/28), logging 36

yards on the ground and his first career touchdown 

Had a career high two touchdown rushes against UNM (9/6) 

Grabbed his first career touchdown reception on a 38-yard catch-and-run against

Colorado (9/13) 

Had a 96-yard kick return in the Sun Bowl and added 15 rushing yards (12/27)

HIGH SCHOOL: 

Rushed for 2,690 career yards on 318 carries (8.5 avg.) with 35 touchdowns in three

varsity seasons

Caught 40 passes for 671 yards (16.8 avg.) with 12 touchdowns and totaled 3,981

career all-purpose yards

Carried 206 times for 1,943 yards (9.4 avg.) with 25 touchdowns as a senior in 2013

and added 16 receptions for 360 yards (22.5 avg.) with six scores for 2,628 all-purpose

yards in his final season

Listed by

Rivals.com

as the sixth-best athlete prospect in the country and a four-star

recruit; Ranked by 24-7 Sports as the No. 27 athlete recruit in the nation; Rated by

Scout.com

as the No. 52 running back recruit in the nation; Tabbed by ESPN as the No.

52 athlete prospect in the nation

Chose ASU over multiple offers from Pac-12 programs as well as ones from Boise

State, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska,

Vanderbilt and Wyoming

Coached by Brian Green and Terry Poirier at Falcon High

RUSHING

G

ATT YARDS TD LONG AVG/C AVG/G

2014

12

42 126 3 12 3.0 10.5

2015

10

125 653 4 65 5.2 65.3

TOTAL

22

167 779 7 65 4.7 35.4

RECEIVING

G

REC YARDS TD LONG REC/G AVG/C AVG/G

2014

12

6

64

1 38 0.5 10.7 5.3

2015

10

12

60

0 16 1.2 5.0

6.0

TOTAL

22

18 124 1 38 0.8 6.9 5.6

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MARCUS

BALL

REDSHIRT JUNIOR | SAFETY

6-2 - 223 | WESTERVILLE, OHIO (WESTERVILLE-SOUTH)

OVERVIEW: 

A rangy and fearless tackler on defense 

Will compete for playing time at safety and possibly SPUR on the season

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2015): 

Saw increased playing time at the end of the season due to injuries to Moeakiola,

finishing the year with eight tackles and a tackle for loss

Appeared in eleven games for the Sun Devils, providing depth in the secondary

Recorded his first career interception to seal the game against Washington (11/14)

Made his first career start against West Virginia (1/2) in the Cactus Bowl, finishing with

four tackles.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2014): 

Appeared in eight games for the Sun Devils, providing depth in the secondary

Finished with six tackles in the season 

Recorded two tackles each against Weber State (08/28) and Oregon State (11/15)

FRESHMAN (2013): 

Redshirted the season after injuring his right shoulder

HIGH SCHOOL:

One of the nation’s most versatile athletes having played quarterback and safety in high

school and can also play linebacker or receiver/tight end

Threw for 1,600 yards with 16 touchdowns, ran for 500 yards and intercepted seven

passes as a junior in 2011

Rated the No. 24 all-purpose athlete in the country by

Rivals.com

; listed as the No. 46

safety prospect in the nation by

Scout.com;

ranked by ESPN as the No. 67 all-purpose

athlete prospect in the nation

An excellent basketball player in High School as well, scoring a school-record 43 points

the night before signing with ASU

Chose ASU over Wisconsin and added reported scholarship offers from Boston College,

Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Kentucky, Michigan,

Michigan State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue,

Tennessee, Toledo and West Virginia

Coached by Rocky Pentello at Westerville-South High

TACKLES

G

UA A TOTAL TFL PD FF

FR BLK

2014

10

4

2

6 0.0 0 0

0 0

2015

11

7

1

8 1.0 1 0

1 0

TOTAL

21

11 3

14 1.0 1 0

1 0

MARCUS BALL

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MEDIA GUIDE

SUN DEVIL FOOTBALL 2016