July 24, 2011

Ball ready to go

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Warren Ball's junior season started with great promise as the 6-foot-2, 200-pound bruiser came out of the gates with some big games. Though injuries hampered him for most of the second half of the season, Ball is now in great shape and is ready to make a major impact in his final season. Ball and his DeSales teammates participated in a 7-on-7 tournament at Dublin Coffman High School on Friday and for Ball, just getting out on the field is exciting.

"It feels great," said Ball. "I think any time you can get out here and compete against different teams it's a great feeling. I'm very excited for this upcoming season. As a team we are really motivated and we're ready to go."

De Sales isn't known for a high powered passing attack but Ball still found great value in participating in the tournament.

"As a running back you have to be able to not only run but catch as well," he said. "It definitely helps to come out here and run some routes and get open and have some fun, that's the most important thing."

Ball spent his spring running track to improve his speed on the football field. Since track has ended, Ball has been working on improving all aspects of his game.

"I'm just trying to improve and become a better player," he said. "I'm getting stronger, faster, and improve my flexibility and just become an overall better player."

The expectations are always high around the DeSales program and with Ball and many other key players returning, there is plenty of reason for optimism.

"I think we're capable of doing anything," he said. "I want to win our league and I'm looking for an undefeated season, a nice playoff run and to win states."

Ball says patience and focus will be the major keys to achieving the goals he has set for his team this fall.

"We just want to take things one week at a time and not look too far ahead," he said. "We want to remain patient and try to get better each day and make sure our leadership is strong so we can get these young guys along so we can get this team together."

On the recruiting front, Ball has recently seen a couple of local guys join the class in Lancaster linebacker Luke Roberts and Pickerington North offensive lineman Pat Elflein. Having already known these guys, Ball is looking forward to sharing the field with them.

"I think it's great," he said. "The more talent we can bring into this 2012 class for the Buckeyes, the better. I'm excited and I can't wait."


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