Corey Ballentine

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Corey Ballentine
No. 25 – New York Giants
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 23)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Shawnee Heights (KS)
College:Washburn
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2019
Total tackles:0
Pass deflections:0
Interceptions:0
Return yards:237
Player stats at NFL.com

Corey Ballentine (born April 13, 1996) is a Jamaican-born American football cornerback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washburn, after graduating from high school in 2014 from Shawnee Heights High School.

College career[edit]

After playing at Shawnee Heights High School, Ballentine played college football at Division II Washburn, Ballantine played in 46 games after almost quitting the team in the summer before his freshman year.[1] He primarily played on defense but also served as the team's kick returner and blocked four field goals.[2] Ballentine won the Cliff Harris Award after the conclusion of his senior season, which is given annually to the nation's top small college defensive players. He was also named a 2018 second-team AFCA All-American.[3]

After his senior year, Ballentine was invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl, where he drew attention for his speed.[4] He also participated in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Ballentine was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Ballentine was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and moved to the United States at six years of age.[7] While at Shawnee Heights and Washburn, Ballentine ran track while playing football,[8] setting Ichabod records for various indoor and outdoor sprinting events.[9]

In the early morning hours of April 28, the Sunday following the 2019 NFL Draft, Ballentine was injured in a shooting in Topeka while he was attending an off-campus party. Ballentine's college roommate and defensive backfield teammate Dwane Simmons was killed in the shooting.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, Rick. "Cliff Harris national honor continues awards harvest for Washburn's Corey Ballentine". hdnews.net. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ Heath, Jon. "Broncos met with Washburn CB Corey Ballentine at Senior Bowl". Broncos Wire. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Washburn University's Corey Ballentine wins Cliff Harris Award". National Collegiate Athletics Association. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ Wilson, Ryan. "Senior Bowl 2019: Under-the-radar players who are improving draft stock with strong week in Mobile". CBS Sports. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Corey Ballentine, Washburn, Cornerback". 247Sports.com. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ Salomone, Dan (April 27, 2019). "Washburn CB Corey Ballentine drafted by Giants at No. 180". Giants.com.
  7. ^ a b Leonard, Pat. "Corey Ballentine goes from Jamaica to Division II to Giants draft pick". New York Daily News. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ Petersen, Rick. "Ballentine time: Former Shawnee Heights, Washburn star projected to be NFL draft pick". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b Epstein, Jory. "New York Giants draft choice Corey Ballentine shot and injured, college teammate killed". USA Today. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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