AKRON, Ohio — The NCAA has granted University of Akron football player Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio) a sixth year of eligibility following his season-ending injury last fall.
The running back started the first two games of the 2016 season. He had 181 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. In his Zips' debut, Ball led all rushers with 110 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the win over VMI. His five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the first TD of his collegiate career. At No. 10 Wisconsin, Ball led the Zips rushers with 71 yards on seven carries before leaving the game with the injury.
Named a preseason third-team All-MAC by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness, Ball earned a bachelor's degree in sports industry from Ohio State in spring 2016 before transferring to Akron last summer. He is pursuing a master's degree in sport administration.
"We are extremely happy that Warren will continue as a member of our team," sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden said. "His leadership on and off the field has been a tremendous asset so far, and we look for his continued contributions to our success."
Akron opens the 2017 season at Penn State on Sept. 2. The home opener is slated for Sept. 9 against Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Season ticket plans—which include a ticket to all six home games as well as a parking pass— start at only $60 each. Renewals (for current season ticket holders) and new seats are now available for purchase by calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets) during business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Current season ticket holders will be receiving an invoice in the mail in late February. The renewal deadline in June 15. Payment plans are available.