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44 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Kyle Ball

In which BracketCat counts down the 44th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of defensive end Kyle Ball.

Kyle Ball will play the same position and wear the same number as K-State great Ryan Mueller, but I'm not quite ready to chalk him up for a 11.5-sack season just yet.
Kyle Ball will play the same position and wear the same number as K-State great Ryan Mueller, but I'm not quite ready to chalk him up for a 11.5-sack season just yet.
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#44 Kyle Ball
True Freshman
6-2 | 230
Prairie Village, Kan.

Bio

Position: Defensive End

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Kyle Alan Ball (b. July 27, 1996) is a tough-minded linebacker who originally signed with Kansas State in 2015, but deferred his enrollment to spring. He will compete for playing time as a reserve linebacker and on special teams.

A three-year letter-winner at Shawnee Mission High School East under head coach Dustin Delaney, Ball helped to lead the Lancers to a perfect 13-0 record and the school’s first-ever state championship in 2014.

He recorded 118 tackles, including 37 for loss, and 10 sacks as a senior en route to being named one of the top 12 players in the state by the Kansas Football Coaches Association and to the organization’s All-State Class 6A team.

Ball also was named one of the top 11 players in the state and named to the All-Class 6A team by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle. He earned the Ryan Lilja Award as the Top Kansas Big Class Lineman, while he also was named the Sunflower League Player of the Year.

A finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the most outstanding lineman in the Kansas City area, Ball also was a first-team all-metro selection by the Star and was selected to play in the 2015 Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game.

He was named to the USA Today/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas Team as a junior after totaling 119 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He also competed in basketball and track.

Ball, an Eagle Scout who accumulated a 3.9 grade-point average during his high school career, plans on majoring in engineering. He played for both Purple and White in the spring game, collecting three tackles for the White team.

You can watch high school highlights of Ball, who explodes really well off the line and has good hustle, below: