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2018 Prospect Preview: Kalen Ballage is a proven threat on passing downs
By Austin Gayle •
Jul 28, 2017
TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Kalen Ballage #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football for a 75 yard touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second half of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage tormented opposing defenses as a receiving threat out of the backfield, as he led all returning Pac-12 running backs with his 2.34 yards per route run in 2016.
Taking advantage of his opportunities in the open field, Ballage forced 18 missed tackles last season, the highest total among the same group of running backs.
Ballage also averaged 11.6 yards after the catch per reception, which ranked T-No. 1 among returning Power 5 running backs with at least 40 targets last season.
Ballage’s success through the air carried over to his performance in pass-protection, as he ranked No. 2 in total pressures allowed (three) among returning Pac-12 running backs with over 70 pass-blocking snaps.