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.
Football Holds First Scrimmage of the Fall
08/15/2015 - The Rice football team completed its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday practicing for two hours at Rice Stadium.
YSR 1560 Offers Expanded Football Media Day...
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Jackson Named to Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch ...
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Fall Fan Fest Set for August 22
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FOX Completes 2015 Rice Football Scheduling
08/03/2015 - FOX Sports has announced two updates to the Owls 2015 home football schedule, including a network change and adjusted game time for the Owls’...
PHOTO GALLERY: Patterson Center Construction...
07/31/2015 - Work continues on the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center as the foundation work begins to reveal the building's footprint.
Football single-game tickets now on sale
07/30/2015 - Single-game tickets for each of the six Rice Football home games in 2015 are now available for sale online.
Owls Partner with STRIVR on Virtual Reality...
07/28/2015 - Rice Athletics has joined a select number of schools in taking a bold technological leap forward by partnering with STRIVR Labs on an immersive...
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