84. Drew Plitt’s contributions

Sooner or later, his number was going to get called. Ball State starting quarterback Riley Neal suffered a long-lasting knee injury early on. It took Jack Milas four games to miss some time with an elbow injury. It took third-stringer Zach Blair two drives to suffer a season-ending ankle injury. Thankfully, Drew Plitt was able to play out the remainder of the season.

The rest of the team was hurt, too. Not literally, but you probably couldn’t tell the difference otherwise. The Cardinals went winless in MAC play, but at least the team, down to preseason second- and third-stringers at multiple positions as the season wore on, played with some fight.

As a redshirt-freshman that had a three-star rating out of high school, Plitt completed half of his passes last year (42-84) with three touchdowns, three interceptions and one rushing touchdown. What more could you really ask from him?

Plitt’s busiest game was his first career start at Eastern Michigan where he threw 11-for-21 for 169 yards with two touchdowns, one interception. On the ground, Plitt had 11 carries for 20 yards.

Entering 2018, Plitt’s second on the depth chart behind Neal since Milas graduated and Blair transferred out. That’s not too far from winning over the offense. While Neal has completed 60 percent of his passes over his career, he also has a career 6.2 yards per attempt, so it’s not like he’s been a playmaker for the Cardinals. But that’s also with the bulk of his workload coming as a true freshman and sophomore. If he can actually make some big plays for Ball State’s offense this year, that’s great. If not, then sooner or later, Mike Neu and his staff may have to consider giving Plitt an in-game tryout for the starting job.

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