Players react to a pile up during the game against the Virginia Military Institute at Scheumann Stadium on Thursday night. DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY

Offensive line key in Ball State victory

In its first game of the season, the Ball State football team gained 567 total yards and put up 48 points. Head coach Pete Lembo was able to utilize his fast-paced, short-yardage-based offense thanks to the time his veteran offensive line provided for the quarterback and running backs.

Senior Jacob Richard was a former walk-on at Ball State.

Jacob Richard: From walk-on to Ball State anchor

He's always looked up to his older brothers. Ball State senior center Jacob Richard saw his brother Jameson Richard play on the offensive line for Buffalo, and then professionally with the Indianapolis Colts. Jacob didn't start playing until the fifth grade, but he decided in kindergarten he wanted to follow in his brother's footsteps.  

Ball State will feature six total helmet designs this season. New white and black chrome helmets have been added, along with helmets showing support for the military and breast cancer awareness. PHOTO PROVIDED BY BALL STATE ATHLETICS

A look at Ball State's new helmet designs

The Cardinals will sport four new helmet designs this season in addition to the white and black helmets that debuted last season. Chrome white and chrome black helmets will be worn, as well as helmets featuring military and breast cancer support.

Freshman quarterback Jack Milas looks for coverage downfield during the game against Akron on Oct. 25 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

Milas feels comfortable going into season as starter

Milas was promoted to the first string in the sixth game of the season to spark the offense, and led the team to a 3-3 record during his six starts before ending the season early with a wrist injury. He played well enough to earn the starting nod again this year.

Ball State football players dressed up as superheroes for max-out leg day. The players walked through a tunnel of smoke and lights to show off their costumes. PHOTO COURTESY OF BALL STATE SPORTS YOUTUBE

Ball State football 'Hulk Smash' video goes viral

Strength coaches David Feeley and Ben Armer wanted to do something fun for the players this summer. The players dressed up as superheroes to "hulk-smash" max-out leg day, resulting in a YouTube video that has amassed in over 100 thousand views.

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