BIO: Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in ’03 after leading the nation in sacks posting 54/18.104.22.168. Second team all-conference choice as a junior after totaling 36/15/11.5.
POSITIVES: Fiery leader on defense that makes a lot of plays in the opponents backfield. Athletic, quick off the snap and moves in every direction with speed. Plays with balance, body lean and rarely off his feet. Quick changing his angle of attack and chases to get involved in the action. Intelligent intense but plays under control.
NEGATIVES: Gives effort defending the run but not effective and driven off the line by opposing tight ends.
ANALYSIS: Coming into the season Ball was considered a late-round choice but is now looked at as a legitimate pass rushing threat from the right side. Understands the position and knows how to exploit opponents but has limitations.