2005: Named the team's Outstanding Defensive Back ... Played in all 11 games, starting the final seven ... Finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 55 ... Posted four tackles-for-loss, one interception and a team-leading five passes broken up ... Had a season-best 10 tackles, including seven solos, against Wisconsin ... Also posted two tackles-for-loss that game ... Made an acrobatic one-handed interception at Indiana along with seven tackles ... Wrapped up the season with a nine-tackle performance, including a tackle-for-loss, in the season finale against Northwestern ... Broke up two passes and had six tackles against Penn State.
2004: Racked up 37 tackles, one PBU and one TFL in 10 starts ... Made a season-high eight stops vs. UCLA and Western Michigan ... Had five tackles, a TFL and a PBU vs. Michigan ... Added four solo stops vs. Iowa ... Had a tackle in every game he played.
2003: Totaled 44 tackles, four PBU's and one forced fumble in seven games, including five starts ... Made a career-high 11 solo stops at Iowa ... Had nine tackles and a forced fumble at Purdue ... Added eight tackles vs. Wisconsin and California ... Had five tackles and two PBU's vs. Northwestern.
High School: High School: Intercepted 15 passes in two years at St. Martin DePorres, including six in the postseason of his senior year ... PrepStar and SuperPrep All-Region selection ... Named to the Lansing State Journal "Catch 22" list ... Helped lead his team to the 2001 state championship ... Named a Top-50 defensive back recruit nationally by Rivals.com ... Won back-to-back 110-meter hurdles state titles as a junior and senior ... Garnered All-State honors in 2002 ... Earned two varsity letters in football and three in track ... High school coach was Greg Carter.
Personal: Full given name is Alan Sheffield Ball ... Born March 29, 1985 in Detroit, Mich. ... The son of Lorenzo and Cheryl Ball ... Sister, Tracy, ran track at SMU and holds the state high school record in the 200 and 400 meters ... A four-year high school honor roll student ... Lists favorite athlete as Michael Jordan ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning a state title in the 110-meter hurdles ... Majoring in speech communications.
Tackles: 11 at Iowa, 11/1/03
Solos: 11 at Iowa, 11/1/03
TFL: 2, two times, vs. Iowa, 9/23/06 and vs. Wisconsin, 10/29/05
PBU: 3 vs. Penn State, 10/21/06
Forced Fumble: 1 at Purdue, 10/4/03 & vs. Northwestern, 11/19/05
Ball's Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics
|at Michigan State||0||2||2||0-0||0-0||0||0-0|
|SAN JOSE STATE||1||1||2||0-0||0-0||1||0-0|
|at Ohio State||6||0||6||0-0||0-0||0||0-0|
|at Michigan State||3||2||5||0-0||0-0||0||0-0|
|at Penn State||4||1||5||0-0||0-0||2||0-0|