Ball State QB Keith Wenning happy to be back "playing some football"
Entering his final season as a student-athlete, Wenning is preparing for another deep run in conference play and what could be the program’s first MAC championship since 1996.
But for now, he’s just happy to be back on the gridiron.
“[Practice has] been good,” said Wenning, following Wednesday’s practice. “It’s good to get back out and start running around and playing some football.
“This year I feel more comfortable,” he added. “Same offense, same system. I’m just trying to get better each day, working on technique and the stuff we already know.”
It’s been only three months since the Cardinals’ loss to Central Florida in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl last December. Many players take this time to hang out with friends, family and take a break from the game.
But that hasn’t been the case for Wenning – or anyone on the Ball State roster, for that matter.
“We’re working more in the winters now and doing a lot of extra stuff,” he said. “By spring ball, the rust is already off and we’re moving forward doing some good things. …[I’ve been working on] just being an overall more efficient offense. Less turnovers, more scores inside the red zone. We tried to work on this offseason to emphasize big plays.”
Surprisingly enough, Wenning’s on-field performance tended to skyrocket when playing higher quality opponents last season.
In games against Indiana, South Florida, Kent State, Central Michigan, Ohio and UCF, Wenning averaged 24-of-35 (68.6 percent) for and 255.3 yards, all while throwing for 17 touchdowns and just one interception.
With some well-rounded, “efficient” spring practices, he hopes to continue being one of the more dominant field generals in the conference.
“[I want to keep] hitting on all cylinders,” Wenning said. “We need to keep being the most efficient team that we can be, getting that good feeling going into the summer and the fall and just doing everything right.”
Ball State will host its annual Cardinal and White spring game on Saturday, April 20.
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