Ball State paints the town red in Muncie IN
Football season approaches for Cardinals looking for a new quarterback
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Ball State football coach Pete Lembo and Mayor Dennis Tyler talked about a winning season and improving the quality of life during Paint the Town Red Day on Tuesday.
Lembo and the football team made the rounds in Muncie and Yorktown to talk up the new season and work on getting more fans in the stands after a pair of winning seasons and consecutive bowl appearances.
Ball State was helped by its media partner, WLBC FM along with the Muncie Free Press and Sky Vision Cam that provided aerial footage from a radio controlled helicopter at Canan Commons on Tuesday.
Football player Jeremiah Harvey had great fun learning how to fly the drone as other players watched. Harvey, like other players, still were unsure who the coach was going to name to replace quarterback Keith Wenning who graduated and is now trying out for the Baltimore Ravens.
Lembo said he was still looking at four players, although Ozzie Mann of Delta had the only significant playing time last year. And freshman Jack Milas has been throwing some great passes in training that continues until the home opener with Colgate on Aug. 30.
On Tuesday, it was time for Ball State to roll out the carpet for its ticket packages and tell the fans about special promotions this season.
Lembo also told the mayor and members of Muncie City Council this week that be enjoyed helping promote the community by having players work in a variety of community service groups besides intern in business and industry.
Ball State also agreed with the mayor's initiatives of improving the quality of life and place in Muncie, whether it was picking up trash along a street or providing landscape or gateways into the community.
"If you look good, you feel good," said the coach.
Council President Julius Anderson, who works for Ball State, also appreciated the support the university provides in manning and means for the community.
Like others, Anderson hoped for another winning season as Ball State looks for a new quarterback and a running back after Jonathan Newsome graduated.
Newsome is at training camp for the Indianapolis Colts and actually could see some playing time in the preseason and early season with Robert Mathis suspended in September.
Look for both Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks both to step up the offense with other secondary runners in contention for starting.
Ball State will continue its preseason promotions with fan jam on Aug. 16 at the football stadium and some ticket giveaways.