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2014 Ballard Team Preview

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The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2014 football season. Iowa Preps
continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at
Ballard in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!
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Overview
They came out of the gate strong with a 3-1 start that included beating Norwalk
but the success didn't last as Ballard ended the year at 5-5. Jacob
Nethers and his 1,400 rushing yards are graduated so that means Isaiah Johnson
will be asked to step up in a big way this fall. As a junior, Johnson saw
limited carries but still totaled 500 yards on the ground. It is a role
that he is excited to have an opportunity to step into. He will benefit
from having three offensive linemen and a tight end back with experience now
under their belts. That will make life much easier for other skill players
to step up and make an impact at the varsity level. The defense is
concerned about depth but they have 272 tackles returning between Marcus Johnson
and Ben Claussen. This duo will be the heart and soul of this unit and
must be ready to continue playing at an elite level if the defense can be
improved. The work ethic and core group of athletes are why this unit have
a chance to be vastly improved in 2014.
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Key Players Graduated
Jacob Nethers, Mason Jensen
Returning Offensive Starters
Isaiah Johnson - Rb - 2015 Alex Silberstein - Ot - 2015
Adam Silberstein
- Og - 2015 Carter Dailey - Og - 2015
Cole Wilson - Te - 2015 Brandon Kane -
Rec/Punter/Kicker- 2015
Returning Defensive Starters
Kenny Randolph - Ng - 2015 Brandon Brown - Olb - 2015
Marcus Johnson -
Ilb - 2015 Ben Claussen - Ilb - 2015
Quinton Erickson - Ss - 2015 Landon
Manfull - Fs - 2015
Kolby Jensen - Db - 2015
Other Returning Varsity Players
Conner Pietsch - Ot - 2015 Jaden Moody - Qb - 2016
Easton Moody - De -
2016 Nathan Macki - Rec - 2015
Kobe Schulze - Db - 2016 Zah Upah - Olb - 2015
Newcomers
Nick Baumhover - 2016 Trey Mason - 2016
Jack Baumhover - 2017 Kenton
Brekke - 2017
Team Strengths
Great Senior Class / Work Ethic / Good Core Of Returning Players
Questions Marks
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Defensive Linemen in 2016
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Kickers/Punters in 2016
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