Elected to forgo his final season of eligibility and will graduate in four years this May.
Return to action as a reserve against SMU in his final game... Made seven straight starts as center before missing the UTEP, Northwestern and Tulane games... Started at guard in the opener at Texas... Had 12 career starts at center and seven at guard
Named the winner of the "Bloody" Joe Davis Award by his teammates after battling injuries while providing solid play all season... Opened the year with three starts at left guard, then made his first career start at center against Baylor... moved over to center when Keshawn Carrington was injured against Northwestern... Made four starts at center but then missed a pair of games of his own because of an injury, and then returned to guard when he was cleared to return to the field... Returned to action with a start at left guard at Tulane.
Played in a pair of games and earned a start before a high ankle sprain limited his playing time in the middle portion of the season. Saw action in the first three games, including extensive action at Oklahoma State after Jake Hicks was injured... Earned his first career start the following week in place of Hicks, vs. Vanderbilt, but left the game early with his own injury. Returned to action against UCF... Also saw action against Houston in the season finale.
Katy High School
Two-year starter for coach Gary Joseph and one of the anchors on the Tigers unbeaten 5A state championship squad. Two-time All-District 18-5A and second-team All-Greater Houston as a senior by the Houston Chronicle... Katy was a combined 29-1 in his two years on the varsity... Member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300.
Full Name: Eric Desmond Ball... Born: Sept. 9, 1989, at Los Gatos, Calif... Parents: Colin and Susan Ball, Katy (two brothers)... Rice major: Political Science.
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New Video Board Dramatically Upgrades Rice...
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beIN to Broadcast UTSA Game
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Al Conover Passes Away
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