Ozzie Mann: Blessed to quarterback at Ball State
Hartford City native new quarterback for Ball State Cardinals
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ozzie Mann looked consistent and accurate during practice Tuesday as Ball State's starting quarterback, succeeding Keith Wenning.
"We talked alot of football," said Mann about backing up Wenning last year."I feel good about how it been going so far."
Ball State Football Coach Pete Lembo made the call Monday on Mann after releasing the depth chart following three weeks of practice leading up to the Aug. 30 home opener with Colgate.
The decision was obvious, given Ball State did not look outside its ranks, and Mann was the only quarterback on the field last year with nine passes while fellow quarterback Kyle Kamman only threw one. Freshmen quarterbacks Jack Milas and David Morrison have never played a college game.
Lembo said Mann made great strides in recent practices and Mann had a tremendous work ethic.
Mann grew up in Hartford City and was a product of Grant Zgunda's Delta football machine that has won recently state championships. His parents also were hard working and his grandfather, Doug Mann, is a retired Indiana State Police trooper.
Lembo said Mann was growing as leader and hoped to see him improve as Wenning did as a sophomore and go on to be a record setter at Ball State Wenning is now practicing with the Baltimore Ravens as a backup to quarterback Joe Flacko.
It been more than a decade since a local player has led the football team. Joey Lynch, offensive coordinator for Lembo, also graduated from Delta and played during 2003-06 when his father, Bill Lynch, coached the team.