Coach Saban & the Crimson Tide Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
OUTLOOK: Enters his junior season working to develop an expanded role at tight end, a position he moved to early in the 2014 season … has played in 13 career games, 12 at tight end and one along the defensive line.
SOPHOMORE (2014): Saw action in 12 games ... got his first playing time at tight end in the season opener against West Virginia ... did not have a catch in 2014.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2013): Played in one game for the Crimson Tide in 2013 ... saw reserve action along the defensive line against Chattanooga.
FRESHMAN (2012): Redshirted during his first season at the Capstone.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was an outstanding defensive line prospect for the 2012 class ... turned in a solid effort as a starting defensive tackle in the Under Armour All-America Game ... a four-star prospect by MaxPrep's Tom Lemming ... three-star defensive lineman by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247sports.com and ESPNU ... Scout.com ranked him as the nation's No. 27 defensive tackle prospect ... Rivals.com rated him No. 29 among defensive tackles and the No. 28 player in the state of Georgia ... ESPNU considered him the No. 27 defensive tackle, 152nd among players in the Southeast and No. 35 in Georgia ... 247sports.com ranked Ball as the No. 36 defensive tackle and the No. 35 player in Georgia ... PrepStar All-Southeast Region ... Georgia Sports Writers Association AA All-State selection as a senior, when he made 73 tackles with 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 38 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one he returned for a touchdown ... coached by Jeff Shifflett at Pepperell High School ... chose Alabama over Georgia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina.