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Louisville: Promising player who has been slowed by injuries ... suffered a back injury late in spring practice ... was having a good spring before suffering another injury this year ... was starting to become a factor in the offense in spring of 2010 after tearing his ACL ... showed good hands and athletic ability in the open field ... has appeared in 12 career games.
2010: Sat out with a knee injury after tearing his ACL in the spring of 2010.
2009: Played mostly at tight end and contributed on special teams ... caught three passes for 42 yards ... appeared in 12 games, earning one start ... earned the start in the Cards' two-tight end alignment against Cincinnati ... had three catches for 42 yards at Connecticut ... played but did not have a catch in the Cards' first three games.
St. Xavier High School: Played for Steve Specht at St. Xavier High School ... played for the nation's top-ranked team ... led St. Xavier to a perfect 15-0 record and a state championship win over Mentor | 27-0 ... two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... caught 21 passes for 359 yards and one touchdown ... owns a 31-inch vertical jump and a 4.58 40-yard dash ... ranked as the 187th-best prospect by Scout.com.
Personal: Son of Michelle and Eric Ball ... born 1/28/90 ... communications major ... father, Eric, played seven seasons in the National Football League.