How Will Ball State Replace QB Keith Wenning?
The reason for the Cardinals' improvement in 2013 is because of then-senior quarterback Keith Wenning's progression. In 2012, Wenning had 3,095 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, whereas in 2013 those number skyrocketed to 4,148 yards, 35 touchdowns and only seven picks.
Ball State's offense scored 38.5 points a game with Wenning under center and its defense did an average job, allowing 24.7 points per contest. So it is safe to say this team won a majority of its games because of the talent on offense.
The only quarterback on the roster that had playing time last season was freshman Ozzie Mean, and he went 2-for-9 with one interception. Soon-to-be junior Kyle Kamman took the extra point snaps in four games, but has no in-game experience.
That inexperience is something that will hurt Ball State this season especially with road games at Toledo, Iowa and Bowling Green. The Cardinals are lucky enough to play Northern Illinois and Akron at home, which should help their chances in those games.
Until Wenning's replacement has found some stability and a sense of comfortability as the new starting gunslinger, the main bulk of the BSU offensive production will need to come from the three weapons it has returning. Leading rusher Jahwan Edwards is set to hit the field for his senior season, as he tallied 1,110 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013, while both leading receivers (Willie Sneed and Jordan Williams) are coming back as well.
It will take some time for the Cardinals to make it work, but I think they can still make a good run in the MAC if they can put it together right.