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Kyle Ball nominated for Piesman

Lineman’s long fumble return is a finalist for college football’s most prestigious honor.

NCAA Football: Central Arkansas at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

K-State defensive end Kyle Ball is a finalist for the prestigious Piesman Trophy this year, and he’s only a sophomore!

The Piesman Trophy is a college football award honoring the most outstanding play with the ball by an offensive or defensive lineman. Finalists for the award were revealed Sunday morning.

In the fourth quarter of K-State’s victory against Central Arkansas on Sept. 2, senior Brogan Barry forced a fumble by UCA’s Hayden Hildebrand on a delayed corner blitz. Ball scooped up the fumble at the K-State 24-yard-line and ran it back 55 yards to the UCA 21-yard line, tight-roping the sideline for part of the way.

In the fourth quarter of the Kansas State Wildcats’ win Sept. 2 against Central Arkansas, Ball scooped up a fumble at the 24-yard line and ran it back 55 yards to the other 21-yard line, tight-roping the sideline for part of the way. Unfortunately most of the yardage was lost on a penalty for an illegal block on the return, but it was still a sight to see.

Ball seems like a longshot to win the Piesman, since he didn’t score on the play, but you can still vote for him here.