Notebook: Ball State’s new unis, WMU commits, Drew Anderson departs

Image of Ball State’s uniforms via Ball State football equipment staff’s Twitter.

New threads in Muncie

Ball State unveiled its new set of road jerseys for the upcoming season via Twitter on Saturday.

If Ball State plans to wear the black pants and black helmet (with the red facemask) with these new tops, then it’s an okay get-up. The “Ball State” text across the chest is in black, the numbers are in black with a red outline and the Cardinals will also be sporting the three stripes above each shoulder, going black-red-black.

Last year’s white uniforms had red text with red numbers (black outline) and was a little bit more busy around the logo near the neck area.

There’s easily way more contrast in this year’s uniforms between the black and white, but they’re still pretty decent-looking uniforms. If you were looking for hot takes over some basic uniforms, you are sadly mistaken.

Chicago-area recruits pick Western

Quarterback Payton Thorne and wide receiver Marshawn Foster both announced their commitments to Western Michigan this week, the second and third for its 2019 signing class.

Thorne (Naperville, Ill.; Naperville Central) is listed as a dual-threat quarterback with good size at 6-foot-2, 187 pounds. His highlights show that he’s an easy passer with good touch on his deep balls. His mobility helps when the pressure is on from the defensive line and certainly a favorable player to have when running the read option.

247sports.com gives Thorne a high two-star rating with a composite score of 0.7999. WMU offered Thorne back in April of 2017, then started receiving offers again in January. Thorne’s other offers came from Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Toledo and Kent State.

Foster’s (Chicago, Ill.; Al Raby) listed at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, so that’s a good frame for somebody who’s going to play wide receiver for the Broncos, the only school to offer him.

Foster’s high school teammate Romel Goston recently committed to Northern Illinois.

Current list of WMU commits for 2019:

Name POS From School 247sports comp. State
Boone Bonnema OLB Zeeland, Mich. Zeeland East 0.8366 Michigan
Marshawn Foster WR Chicago, Ill. Al Raby 0.7999 Illinois
Payton Thorne QB-dual Naperville, Ill. Naperville Central 0.7999 Illinois

Drew Anderson leaves on a high note

Remember last year’s seven-overtime game between Western Michigan and Buffalo that ended up with a basketball score? Buffalo put up 68 points and lost, which is just baffling. But Drew Anderson was a huge reason for Buffalo to put on a show for its home crowd.

Anderson filled in for an injured Tyree Jackson, his first start for the Bulls since transferring from Diablo Valley College, threw for 597 yards β€” a single-game conference record β€” and threw seven touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Anderson injured his throwing shoulder the very next week and didn’t play another down for the Bulls after that.

On Friday afternoon, Anderson tweeted out that he’ll be leaving Buffalo as a grad transfer and will finish out his career at Murray State, an FCS program.

While Murray State has played against MAC teams in recent years, the only FBS program on the team’s schedule this year is Kentucky. There is, however, a MAC connection on Anderson’s new schedule that he gets to look forward to. Daniel Santacaterina, who played some quarterback for Northern Illinois then transferred out, will be playing for Southeast Missouri State this year. Santacaterina, as you may recall, was the NIU starter when the Huskies took down Nebraska on the road last year.

Murray State hosts SE Missouri State on Saturday, November 10. What a time to be alive.

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