Future Watch: Kalen Ballage Rookie Football Cards, Dolphins – Kalen Ballage was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This talented running back worked very hard at Arizona State while the rest of us just watched.
As a freshman in 2014, He had 42 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns. He added six catches for 64 yards and another touchdown. That was a good start.
In 2015, he had 125 carries for 653 yards and four scores. He had a 5.2 yards per carry average, and he added twelve catches. He was getting better.
In 2016, he had 126 carries for 536 yards. Down a bit but a respectable 4.3 yards per carry, but he found the end zone 14 times; eight of those for a record in a game against Texas Tech. He was playing the part of a quarterback in the wildcat offense. He added 44 catches for 469 yards and a touchdown. That was a fantastic season.
In his senior season in 2017, he had 157 carries for 669 yards and six touchdowns. A 4.3 average again. He added 20 catches for 91 yards.
At the NFL Combine the 6-2, 238-pound prospect ran 4.46 in the 40 and he did 15 reps on the bench press. He showed off why people think he’s a great blend of power and speed.
The rookie running back played in 12 games. He had 36 carries for 191 yards and one touchdown. He had a solid 5.3 yards per carry average. He added nine catches for 56 yards as well with a long of 31.
Here’s a look at his amazing 75-yard touchdown last season:
Ballage wasn’t used a lot so next year could be a big year for him.
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