Walk-on and 2014 letterman who looks to build upon experience gained in initial playing time.
2014 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.
Opener Moves to September 1
04/08/2016 - The Rice Owls’ 2016 football season opener against defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky has moved from Sept. 3 to Thursday,...
Owls Announce 2016 Honor Jerseys
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Okam Named Defensive Line Coach
03/29/2016 - Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Tuesday that former Houston Texans defensive tackle Frank Okam has been promoted to defensive...
Football Holds Second Scrimmage of the Spring
03/24/2016 - The Rice football team completed its second scrimmage of spring camp Thursday afternoon.
Rice and Houston Add Football Games in 2020 & 2021
03/21/2016 - The Rice Owls and Houston Cougars, who will resume their cross-town series in 2017 and 2018, have agreed to continue the series with games in 2020 ...
Football Holds First Scrimmage of the Spring
03/18/2016 - The Rice football team completed its first scrimmage of spring camp Friday afternoon.
Spring Practice Update: The Quarterbacks
03/18/2016 - With one week of practice in the books, RiceOwls.com visited with all three quarterbacks for the Owls for an update.
2016 Spring Game Features New Fan Experience...
03/17/2016 - Rice Football fans have a chance to join in the fun as the Owls wrap up their spring drills with the annual Blue-Gray Game by registering for one...
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