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.
Farrimond, Pollard and Williams Named to...
04/27/2016 - The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today three Rice Owls are among a group of 868 players who have been...
Football Season Tickets Now on Sale
04/19/2016 - Rice Football fans now have the opportunity to see their Rice Owls compete against nationally ranked Baylor in Rice Stadium during the 2016 season ...
2016 Coaches' Caravan Dates Announced
04/15/2016 - Rice fans in Texas will once again have a chance to get the latest updates on Rice Athletics in general and football and basketball in particular...
Turner Named Football MVP
04/10/2016 - Running back Luke Turner was named the winner of the 92nd George Martin Award as the 2015 Rice Most Valuable Player during the team's annual awards...
Blue Defeats Gray, 30-17, in Annual Spring Game
04/08/2016 - The Blue squad used big plays to down the Gray team, 30-17, in the annual Spring Game, Friday afternoon at Rice Stadium.
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
04/07/2016 - Three current members of the Rice Owls will don new jersey numbers for the first time during Friday’s Blue-Gray game as they honor three past...
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...
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