Ball State’s Huntley, Martin Earn MAC Honors; Hall Named to Hornung Honor Roll
Trio helped Ball State to a 38-31 home victory over Eastern Michigan last week
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MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State claimed both the MAC West Division offensive and defensive player of the week awards for week two, with running back Caleb Huntley and inside linebacker Brandon Martin earning recognition for their efforts in BSU’s win over Eastern Michigan.
Additionally, wide receiver Justin Hall was one of four players nationally named to this week’s Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for his versatile performance against the Eagles.
Huntley, a senior from Atlanta, Georgia, ran for a career-high 204 yards and matched his career-best with three touchdowns in Ball State’s 38-31 victory. He scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 6 seconds left.
Huntley carried the ball 34 times, one shy of his career high. He surpassed the 100-yard mark for the sixth straight game, tying a Ball State record, and became the first BSU player to top 200 yards since 2016. Through two games, Huntley leads the MAC in both rushing average (167) and touchdowns (5).
Martin, a redshirt junior from Indianapolis, registered a career-high 15 tackles, including eight solo stops, in the win at Scheumann Stadium. It was the second game back for Martin who sustained a season-ending injury in last year’s season opener. Through two games, he leads the MAC in solo tackles (14) and ranks second in total tackles (26).
Hall touched the ball 15 times three different ways for 241 all-purpose yards in the game. He caught seven passes for 55 yards, carried the ball four times for a career-high 70 yards and returned four kickoffs for 116 yards. Two of his kickoff returns went to near midfield.
Hall, the nation’s active leader with 219 career catches, leads the country in all-purpose yards per game (243.5) through two contests in 2020. The senior from Douglasville, Georgia, has 179 receiving yards, 87 rushing yards and 221 return yards plus has scored touchdowns both rushing and receiving.
The Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, now in its 11th season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission to honor football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2021.
College football fans nationwide have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Online fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse is now open HERE and factors into the selection of the finalists and winner.
This Week’s Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll
Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
Justin Hall, WR, Ball State
Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Chris Smith, RB, Louisiana
Ball State returns to action Wednesday, hosting Northern Illinois in the Battle for the Bronze Stalk. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNews and the Ball State Radio Network at 104.1 WLBC.