Ball named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Marcelino Ball’s early impact is earning him league-wide recognition.

The Big Ten announced Monday that the Indiana hybrid safety is the conference freshman of the week after he tied for the team lead with eight solo tackles and picked off a pass in the second quarter of Saturday’s 30-20 win over Ball State.

Only 17 years old, Ball has started each of IU’s first two games of the season at the Husky position, logging 13 tackles and a team-best 13 solo stops. Along with his interception, Ball has also broken up a pass this year.

Ball is the first Hoosier to receive the Big Ten’s freshman of the week award since safety Jonathan Crawford garnered honors on Sept. 21, 2015.

“He has a lot of potential,” Crawford said. “He can be really good.”

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  1. Ball has had a very good start to this year. Yes he makes mistakes but doesn’t let it lead to further mistakes. He is a very physical player that belies his age, he also shows the limits of the rating system of recruits [he was a 3 star recruit]. IU has a few defensive players that are among the best in the B1G and I expect that number to expand as our DC gets more established.

    It will be interesting to see what happens when Jayme Thompson gets back on the field. He was originally slotted at the Husky position but with the play of Ball it seems like Thompson will find a new position in the secondary. As improved as the defense is, we still are giving up too many yards in the passing game.

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