Senior running back Jahwan Edwards celebrates his touchdown during the game against Western Michigan at Scheumann Stadium on Oct. 10. DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY

FOOTBALL: Rumbling into the record books

Not many teams thought Jahwan Edwards had what it took to play at the Division I level.When the Ball State senior running back was going through the recruiting process during his time at Butler High School in North Carolina, he only received one D-I offer.For a football player who believed he had what it took to make it at a larger program, it was a shot to his ego.“It was really hard for me because I knew I could play with everybody, I played with guys who went to bigger schools,” Edwards said.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ozzie Mann runs the ball during the game against Colgate on Aug. 30 at Scheumann Stadium. DN FILE PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

FOOTBALL: Ozzie Mann Outpaced Keith Wenning

One off-season radically shifted the Ball State football team’s level of success. The Cardinals are 1-4 and looking for answers at quarterback after finishing last season 10-2 and making a second consecutive bowl game appearance. The transition from record-setting quarterback Keith Wenning to recently-benched redshirt sophomore quarterback Ozzie Mann and his redshirt freshman replacement Jack Milas isn’t smooth thus far.

Ball State linebacker Ben Ingle goes for the sack against Army in the third quarter of the game on Sept. 7. Ball State would overtake Army with a final score of 40-14. DN PHOTO COREY OHLENKAMP

FOOTBALL: Cardinals set to test rush defense, start new quarterback

The Ball State football team had one quarterback starter for the past three years. After five games, it will have two.The team announced redshirt freshman Jack Milas will start Saturday’s Homecoming game against Western Michigan, replacing redshirt sophomore Ozzie Mann.It is currently unknown how the change will affect the offensive game plan, as Milas has yet to attempt a pass in a game for Ball State.


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