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(All information as of July 1, 2005)
COACH AND PROGRAM
If you went by the NFL draft, you never would have guessed that Ball State was one of the bottom teams in the MAC last season.
The Cardinals had a conference-high -- and school-record -- three players taken in the April draft, with all of them going in the sixth round. Junior receiver Dante Ridgeway and punter Reggie Hodges were chosen by the St. Louis Rams while safety Justin Beriault was picked by the Dallas Cowboys.
The three picks were also the most by a school in the state, topping Notre Dame, Purdue and Indiana.
"This is definitely proof that football is the ultimate team game," BSU coach Brady Hoke said. "In this game, you need to have 11 guys working together all the time, and you need to coach them to play the game.
"These three players were outstanding individuals for Ball State and were team guys all the way. We need to recruit more players like Justin, Reggie and Dante."