CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ball State wide receiver Justin Hall was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced earlier in the week.
Hall returned the opening kickoff for 99 yards and a touchdown to lift the lid on a 28-16 victory over previously unbeaten Army Saturday night (Oct. 2).
It was his first career return of a touchdown and first time a Cardinal and taken it to the house since Malik Dunner at Western Michigan (Nov. 5, 2019, 100 yards).
The 99-yard yard scamper is currently the fifth-longest play in program history, trailing only four 100-yard kickoff returns. With the touchdown, Army trailed for the first time all season, and Ball State maintained that lead for the duration of the game.
The Douglasville, Ga. also added seven yards on a punt return vs. the Black Knights.
In addition, Hall was presented with the Hero of the Battle Award by the Ball State ROTC and Lieutenant Colonel Babbitt following the game.
Hall is the second player to garner recognition from the league office this season, joining fifth-year punter Nathan Snyder who also was tabbed the MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 20.
The Cardinals return to action today (Saturday, Oct. 9) at Western Michigan. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich.