Maryland vs. North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007.
Keon Lattimore ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns and the Terrapins wore down Villanova in a 31-14.
Champs Sports Bowl
Maryland 28, Virginia 26 - October 14, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
A durable, five-year back who ended his career fourth on the school's career rushing yards list (2,487) and tied for fourth on the career rushing TDs chart (26) ... his 2,788 all-purpose yards are 12th in school history ... led the team in rushing in 2005 and 2006, and was second in 2007 ... joined Keon Lattimore to form one of the top running back duos in the nation over his final two seasons ... a two-time member of the Doak Walker Award watch list (2006, 2007) ... an All-ACC honoree as a sophomore ... his six career 100-yard rushing games rank tied for fifth on the Terps' all-time list ... has the fifth-most carries (549) in school history ... played in 41 career games, including every contest his final three seasons ... a natural runner with good vision ... has very good feet for a player his size, can make defenders miss or go through them ... has a knack for finding holes ... also has good hands as a pass-catcher ... an Iron Terp in 2005 and 2007 ... posted the sixth-highest strength index on the team in spring 2007 testing.
as a Senior (2007): Ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the conference in rushing (59.1 ypg) ... tied for 14th in the ACC in scoring (5.5 ppg) ... his 12 rushing TDs were second in the ACC and tied for eighth on the Maryland single-season list ... had his biggest games against some of the Terps' toughest foes, rushing for a combined 199 yards and three touchdowns against No. 10 Rutgers and No. 8 Boston College ... played in all 13 games, starting the final four at tailback ... an All-ACC nominee ... matched his career high with 18 receptions ... named to the Doak Walker Award watch list prior to the season ... (vs. OSU in the Emerald Bowl) ... rushed 10 times for five yards ... also hauled in three passes for 10 yards ... (vs. NCSU) ... carried the bulk of the rushing load and finished with 78 yards and two scores on 18 carries ... had a long rush of 20 yards as the Terps posted a season-high 249 rushing yards ... (vs. FSU) ... started and carried the ball nine times for 35 yards ... also caught one pass for six yards ... (vs. BC) ... earned first start of the season in place of an injured Keon Lattimore, and responded with 109 rushing yards and a score on a season-high 32 carries against the nation's No. 1 rushing defense ... it marked the first 100-yard rushing game surrendered by BC on the season ... (vs. UNC) ... led the team on the ground with 73 yards on 15 carries ... (vs. Clemson) ... led the ground attack with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries ... had a long rush of 22 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards ... (vs. UVA) ... led the team in rushing with 72 yards on 17 carries ... scored from 1-yard out in the second quarter ... (vs. GT) ... led the Terrapin ground attack with 86 yards and a career-high three rushing touchdowns on 16 carries ... broke the 2,000-yard barrier for his career ... (vs. RU) ... rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries ... scored a pair of touchdowns including one late in the fourth quarter to ice the game ... (vs. WFU) ... rushed 14 times for 56 yards ... also caught one pass for three yards ... (vs. WVU) ... rushed six times for 19 yards ... (vs. FIU) ... rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries ... (vs. Villanova) ... rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries as Terps rolled up 221 rushing yards ... caught three passes for 20 yards.
as a Junior (2006): Saw action in all 13 games at running back with 11 starts ... the team's top rusher with 815 yards ... his 62.7 yards per game average ranked seventh in the ACC and 79th nationally ... his eight rushing touchdowns rank tied for 19th on the Terps' all-time single-season list ... (vs. PU in the Champs Sports Bowl) ... rushed for a game-high 98 yards on 18 carries ... his 34-yard scamper down the right sideline in the first quarter set up the Terps' first TD ... (vs. WF) ... rushed six times for 64 yards and a touchdown ... his longest carry of the day was a 35-yard dash down the left sideline ... also caught two passes for 13 yards ... (vs. BC) ... rushed seven times for 23 yards ... also caught two passes for 16 yards ... (vs. Miami) ... carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards ... (vs. Clemson) ... carried 10 times for five yards ... (vs. FSU) ... rushed 11 times for 39 yards and caught an 11-yard pass ... (vs. NC St.) ... rushed 17 times for 77 yards and a touchdown ... the score came on a 2-yard run ... in the third quarter, he accounted for 55 yards rushing ... (vs. UVa) ... rushed 12 times for 76 yards and a TD ... the score was a 1-yard dive over center for the Terps' first TD of the game ... his longest rush of the game, a 26-yard dash down the right sideline, sealed the victory by netting a first down inside two minutes ... (vs. GT) ... rushed for a season-high 116 yards, including an electrifying 42-yard dash down the right sideline, his longest of the season ... (vs. FIU) ... led the team in rushing ... carried the ball 19 times for 82 yards ... (vs. WVU) ... rushed 12 times for 50 yards and a touchdown ... the touchdown came on an 11-yard run, his longest of the game ... (vs. MT) ... finished with 62 rushing yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns ... the team's first touchdown of the game came on his 12-yard run up the middle ... (vs. W&M) ... rushed 15 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns ... scored the first TD of the game with a 2-yard run on a QB option right ... on one drive in the second quarter, followed a 12-yard rush with a 13-yard carry on consecutive plays ... a preseason first-team All-ACC choice by Lindy's and Athlon.
as a Sophomore (2005): Saw action in all 11 games at running back, starting four ... a second team All-ACC selection ... led the Terps with a career-high 903 yards on 189 carries (4.8 yards per carry) ... his 82.7 yards per game average ranked third in the ACC ... posted four 100-yard rushing games, tied for seventh-most in a season in school history ... also recorded 18 receptions for 153 yards ... ranked sixth in the ACC in all-purpose yards (96.0) ... (vs. BC) ... rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, his third-straight 100-yard game ... had a career-long 65-yard run down the right sideline to set up first-and-goal in the fourth quarter ... his 6-yard touchdown run put Maryland on the board 1:08 into the second quarter ... (at UNC) ... led the team with 161 rushing yards on a career-high 39 carries ... racked up 47 yards and a touchdown (on a 1-yard pitch) on the Terps' opening drive ... finished the first half with 111 yards on the ground ... 39 carries was the third-most in school history and most since 1980 ... (at FSU) ... led the team in rushing with 120 yards on 21 carries (5.7 ypc) ... caught a pass out of the backfield with one hand and scampered a career-long 24 yards to the Florida State 6-yard line in the second quarter, setting up the Terps' first touchdown ... first rush of the fourth quarter went 37 yards to the Florida State 22-yard line ... (vs. VT) ... led the team in rushing with 75 yards on 15 carries (5.0 yards per carry) ... broke through a hole on the right side for an 18-yard gain in Hokie territory during the second quarter ... (at TU) ... finished with 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries (4.9 ypc) ... rushed for a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, the fifth rushing score of the game for the Terps ...(vs. UVA) ... in his first-ever start, rushed for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns ... scored from 14 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter, his first career touchdown ... later in the quarter, took a draw out of the shotgun and went in for a 35-yard score ... (vs. Navy) ... rushed for 39 yards on five carries ... had a 17-yard run with under five minutes to go in the game, bringing the Terps to the Navy 33 ... kept Maryland's game-winning scoring drive alive on fourth-and-8, taking a short Sam Hollenbach pass and slipping numerous Navy defenders to pick up 20 yards and the first down ... the catch-and-run was the play of the game.
as a Redshirt Freshman (2004): Saw action in four games, including three of the last four ... rushed four times for one yard on the season ... named scout team player of the week for his work in practice leading up to the Georgia Tech game.
as a Freshman (2003): Redshirt season ... named offensive scout team player of the week for the Duke game.
at 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 ... also had 10 receptions for 180 yards in '02 ... a first team all-state, all-county and all-league selection as a senior ... first team All-Northern New Jersey, all-league and all-county as a junior while rushing for 1,591 yards ... averaged 9.3 yards a carry and posted 20 TDs as a junior ... ran the fastest 20-yard shuttle at the Northeast Nike Football Camp where Penn State served as host ... team went 8-3 in 2002, falling to the eventual state champ in the second round of the playoffs ... also competed in track and baseball ... also recruited by Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and Boston College.
Personal: Born June 19, 1985 ... parents are Lorenzo and Betty Ball ... a peer leader at his high school ... brother, Lorenzo, Jr., was an assistant coach at his high school ... majored in family studies and minored in community health.
Ball's Career Statistics
Rushing G-GS Att. Gain Lost Net Avg. TD LP 2004 4-0 4 6 5 1 0.2 0 3 2005 11-4 189 956 53 903 4.8 6 65 2006 13-11 174 855 40 815 4.7 8 42 2007 13-4 182 813 45 768 4.2 12 32 Career 41-19 549 2,630 143 2,487 4.5 26 65