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Ex-UNH star David Ball flew like an Eagle to join old coach Kelly
UNH's David Ball looks towards quarterback Ricky Santos on the sidelines after Ball made his 51st touchdown reception vs. Richmond in the third quarter of Saturday's game in Durham on Oct. 7, 2006. (MARK BOLTON/Union Leader File)
“What went into my mind was I won’t be able to stomach it if I get a call and I’m not ready,” Ball said. “So, be ready.”
Kelly had a pass-heavy offense back then and Ball still holds the Division I-AA record for touchdown receptions (58) and is second all time in receiving yards with 4,655, 38 behind Jerry Rice.
Yes. The loss of Jeremy Maclin is huge.
No. Riley Cooper or someone else will fill the void.
Ball wasn’t drafted out of college but signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent in 2007. He was cut that same year and spent time on the New York Jets practice squad but never played a down in a regular-season game.
He was on a family vacation in Maine when the call from Kelly came. The coach needed his services at Eagles training camp. Ball cut his vacation short, and hopped on a plane from the two-terminal, Bangor, Maine, airport. He signed Saturday with the Birds.
“It’s not cookie cutter,” Ball said. “It changes every year, he changes what he does. That is one of the difficult things about his offense.
“He is looking for a guy who is going to go out and make plays,” Ball said. “Go out and catch the football. I think he wants a guy that is going to be a playmaker. He’s put it this way many times: the best ability is durability. He wants guys who are going to be there. He wants guys he can count on. To him, that makes his job easier.”