GoDaddy.com Bowl Primer: Ball State vs. Arkansas State
If You’ve Never Seen Them: This team relies on its passing game. Ranking ninth in passing offense, quarterback Keith Wenning leads the MAC in passing yards per game, throwing 34 touchdowns and only six intereceptions all year. He, along with Willie Snead on the receivng end, are said to be one of the best offensive duos in the country. Even running back Jahwan Edwards leads the MAC in rushing touchdowns (13).
If You’ve Never Seen Them: On offense, you will quickly notice their run game. Statistically, they are fifth in their conference in total defense, yet first in rushing yardage. Running back Michael Gordon averages 6.8 yards per attempt. The team also has David Oku, a strong runner who pushes for those first downs; making these two a great duo. Quarterback Adam Kennedy has an accurate arm and makes excellent decisions. Returner J.D. McKissic holds the third spot in the nation in kickoff returns, and Brian Davis makes most of his field goal attempts, including five from 40 yards or more.
Some question the availability of quarterback Adam Kennedy (knee), which would leave Fredi Knighten to finish the job. This would be a devastating predicament, but reports from the team make it seem improbable. If Knighten must play, Arkansas State will most likely be foreced to run the ball often.