Lance Ball

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Lance Ball
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Ball with the Broncos in September 2010
No. 27, 35
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1985-06-19) June 19, 1985 (age 33)
Teaneck, New Jersey
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College:Maryland
Undrafted:2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2005)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:192
Rushing yards:801
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:27
Receiving yards:230
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Lance Ball (born June 19, 1985) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at the University of Maryland.

Ball has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and Denver Broncos.

Early years[edit]

Ball is a 2003 graduate of Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he rushed for 3,403 yards and 39 touchdowns in his high school career.[1]

College career[edit]

Lance Ball dives for a touchdown to put the Terps up 28-17 during a 2007 game vs. Georgia Tech.

Ball played college football at the University of Maryland.[2] He had four 100-yard games in his last seven starts during his sophomore season, and emerged as one of the top running backs in the ACC, rushing for 903 yards with six touchdowns.[3] He was the third-leading rusher in the conference with an 82.1 per-game average, and earned second-team All-ACC honors. In his junior season, he again led the team in rushing with 815 yards.[4][5] He majored in family studies and minored in community health. As a senior, he had 768 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.[6]

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Ball was not selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, but was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams. He was signed to their practice squad on September 1, 2008.[7] He was released from the practice squad on September 30.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Ball was signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts on October 12, 2008.[8] He was activated from the practice squad on December 28, 2008 and had his NFL debut on the same date.[9]

An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2009 offseason, Ball was re-signed by the Colts on March 17.[10]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On October 8, 2009, Ball was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad.[11]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Ball was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad on November 3. Ball was signed to a reserve/futures contract on January 5, 2010. On September 21, 2010, Ball was waived by the Denver Broncos.[12] On the 2010 season, he had 158 rushing yards in ten games.[13]

Ball caught a touchdown pass on September 12, 2011 in Denver's season opener against the Oakland Raiders.[14] On November 13, 2011, running back Knowshon Moreno suffered an injury, opening the door for Ball to rush for 96 yards on 30 carries in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.[15]

After Moreno was declared out for the year, Ball finished the 2011 season with 96 carries for 402 yards and a score (all career highs).[16] In the 2012 season, he had 42 carries for 158 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with seven receptions for 61 yards and a receiving touchdown.[17] He was released on August 31, 2013.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lance Ball profile Archived November 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., University of Maryland Terrapins. Accessed July 6, 2007. "Teaneck High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter ... rushed for 3,403 career yards (on 457 carries) with 39 touchdowns ... ran for 1,473 yards on 240 carries (6.1 avg.) with 18 touchdowns as a senior."
  2. ^ "Lance Ball Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lance Ball 2005 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "2006 Maryland Terrapins Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Lance Ball 2006 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lance Ball 2007 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1619037
  8. ^ http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081015/SPORTS03/810150421
  9. ^ "Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts - December 28th, 2008". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Colts Re-Sign 3 Players Yahoo Sports, March 17, 2009
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 10, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "Lance Ball 2010 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos - September 12th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - November 13th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Lance Ball 2011 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  17. ^ "Lance Ball 2012 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  18. ^ Florio, Mike (August 30, 2013). "Broncos bounce Lance Ball". NBCSports.com. Retrieved June 11, 2014.

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