Former walk-on and steady performer on special teams who looks to bounce back after missing last year with an injury.
Missed the season after sustaining an injury at the start of training camp.
Saw action in all 12 games... Recorded two tackles on the season... Picked up tackles at Texas and against Louisiana Tech.
Tied for fifth on the team with three special teams tackles, all of them on kickoff coverage... Saw action in all 13 games... Picked up first career tackle at Marshall and added stops on kickoffs vs. UTEP and at Marshall.
Redshirted... Earned one Scout Team Player of Week honor.
Manhattan High School
Recorded 303 tackles in 30 career games. At Manhattan High School, recorded 82 as a sophomore leading his 10-1 team in tackles during District and Regional Playoffs Games. 123 tackles as a junior leading his 10-1 team and garnering 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-District and 2nd Team All-State honors. Prior to his senior season was selected pre-season 1st Team All-State All-Class by Rivals.com. Missed entire senior season with injury. Played post graduate year at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville CT. In 8 games lead the defense with 98 tackles, 19 for loss, 11 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and 1 blocked punt. National Honor Society member, 3.94 GPA
Full name: Joseph Paul Ballard. Born: February 28, 1994 in Manhattan KS. Parents: Steve and Becky Ballard (two sisters).,, Grandfather (Ross Ballard) played basketball at Kansas State (1956 -59)... Played on 1958 Final Four Team and set single game field goal record with 15 versus San Francisco in 1959... Sister Audrey was a two-time Golf State Champion and graduated from Yale in 2013. ... Rice College: Baker... Mechanical Engineering major.
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