RBKalen Ballage

Arizona State — Pac-12
  • Height: 6021
  • Weight: 222
  • Hometown: Peyton, CO
  • Age: 22

Bio

 

2017 (Senior):

  • One of the leaders on the offensive side of the ball and a team captain as a senior
  • Ballage had six rushing touchdowns this season and now has 27 in his career, just outside ASU’s all-time Top-5 in the category (the threshold being 28 rushing TDs).
  • Ballage became the 26th Sun Devil to eclipse 3,000 career all-purpose yards and his 29 career touchdowns overall are 10th in Sun Devil History.
  • Finished the regular season with 669 rushing yards on 157 carries, adding six touchdowns.
  • Also contributed 437 kick return yards and 91 yards receiving.
  • Rushed for a season-high 103 yards on 19 carries against Oregon State (11/18)
  •  Compiled 97 rushing yards on 21 carries against UCLA (11/11)
  • Collected 75 yards rushing on just 14 carries in the victory over Utah (10/21)
  • Put together a superb season opener, rushing for 79 yards and scoring two touchdowns against New Mexico State (8/31).

2016 (Junior): Concluded the season with 14 rushing touchdowns (good for 26th nationally and second in the Pac-12) and one receiving while appearing in all 12 games and making six starts, was one of just nine FBS players to rush, receive and throw a touchdown on the season, finished second on the team with 536 rushing yards and accounted for over half of the team’s 27 rushing touchdowns, became just the fourth Sun Devil since 2000 to reach double digit rushing touchdowns and averaged a touchdown once every nine carries – the third-best average on the season, matched the FBS record with his eight total touchdowns against Texas Tech (seven rushing, one receiving) and is the only player in history to do it against a Power Five opponent, tied the FBS record with four touchdowns in a quarter and broke the Pac-12 record for touchdowns accounted for in a regular season game, touchdowns scored in a game, rushing touchdowns and points scored, posted a season-high 118 reception yards against Utah (11/10), tallied 263 all-purpose yards, two rushing touchdowns and his first career passing touchdown against Oregon (10/29), had 82 yards on 12 carries against Washington State (10/22), recorded a season-high 137 rushing yards on 13 attempts against Texas Tech (9/10)

2015 (Sophomore): Made his first appearance of 2015 against USC (9/26), finishing with 30 yards rushing., finished with a career-best 59 rushing yards against UCLA (10/3) on 11 carries, including an epic pile-moving 23-yard touchdown in which he ran backwards for about 17 yards in a rugby scrum, had the biggest game of his career with 127 rushing yards on 12 touches against Oregon (10/29), doubling his previous career high for yardage, had another solid game with 84 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown against Washington State (11/7)

2014 (Freshman): Appeared in 12 of the 13 games as a true freshman, primarily as a goal line back, carried the ball 42 times for 138 yards and added three touchdowns, added six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown, appeared as a true freshman in the opener against Weber State (8/28), logging 36 yards on the ground and his first career touchdown, had a career high two touchdown rushes against UNM (9/6), grabbed his first career touchdown reception on a 38-yard catch-and-run against Colorado (9/13), had a 96-yard kick return in the Sun Bowl and added 15 rushing yards (12/27)

High School: Rushed for 2,690 career yards on 318 carries (8.5 avg.) with 35 touchdowns in three varsity seasons, caught 40 passes for 671 yards (16.8 avg.) with 12 touchdowns and totaled 3,981 career all-purpose yards, carried 206 times for 1,943 yards (9.4 avg.) with 25 touchdowns as a senior in 2013 and added 16 receptions for 360 yards (22.5 avg.) with six scores for 2,628 all-purpose yards in his final season, listed by Rivals.com as the sixth-best athlete prospect in the country and a four-star recruit; Ranked by 24-7 Sports as the No. 27 athlete recruit in the nation; Rated by Scout.com as the No. 52 running back recruit in the nation; Tabbed by ESPN as the No. 52 athlete prospect in the nation, chose ASU over multiple offers from Pac-12 programs as well as ones from Boise State, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Wyoming, coached by Brian Green and Terry Poirier at Falcon High