Per his Instagram story, Arizona State Sun Devils senior running back Kalen Ballage was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February.
He is the second Sun Devil invited to the event, joining fellow senior running back Demario Richard.
Listed at 6-3, 230 pounds, Ballage has the build a team would hope for in a perspective back, especially one who can run between the tackles in short-yardage situations. But it’s his athleticism in the open field that has caught the eye of talent evaluators.
Ballage first sent shockwaves through college football after scoring eight touchdowns on just 15 touches against Texas Tech in 2016, parlaying his lone 1000-total yard season into hype going into his senior year.
In fact, ESPN’s Todd McShay had Ballage as the sixth-best running back in the 2018 draft class in August.
Splitting carries with Richard once again, Ballage failed to get going consistently, gaining 760 total yards and scoring six touchdowns, with just two of those coming after the third game of the season.
He is currently ranked as the 11th-best running back in the 2018 draft according to CBSSports and ninth-best per nfldraftscout.com.