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    Former Illini defensive back Alan Ball was drafted Sunday by the Dallas Cowboys.

    Former Illini defensive back Alan Ball was drafted Sunday by the Dallas Cowboys.

    April 29, 2007

    With the 237th overall pick and 27th selection in the seventh round of the 2007 National Football League Draft, the Dallass Cowboys selected Illinois cornerback Alan Ball.

    Ball was a four-year starter for the Illini at cornerback, racking up 198 tackles during that time. In 2006, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, after ranking third in the conference in passes defended. Ball finished his career with 22 PBUs, which ranks eighth on the school's all-time list and his 12 in 2006 ranked fifth on the single-season list. He was a 2006 team captain and twice earned the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Back honors.

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    "It definitely was a surprise because I hadn't talked to Dallas much before today," Ball said. "I did a lot of sleeping today with one eye open, watching the draft. I was projected to go in the fifth through seventh rounds and I had hoped it would be earlier, but right now I am very excited to be where I am. About halfway through the seventh round, I got on the phone with my agent, Wynn Silberman, to talk about what free agent options I had, and then my phone clicked and it was Dallas, telling me I was a Cowboy.  I really like their aggressive style of play and I know I can be a good fit for the Cowboys. I like my odds with them."

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