MSU RB Ballard leads SEC in touchdowns

STARKVILLE — A year ago, Vick Ballard was a junior college running back receiving recruiting interest from mostly Sun Belt or Conference USA programs.

Today, he leads the mighty Southeastern Conference in touchdowns.

Mississippi State took a gamble on the 5-foot-11, 225-pounder and it’s turned into a windfall of production through the first five games.

With a combination of speed and power, Ballard has scored nine touchdowns — eight rushing and one receiving. He also leads the Bulldogs with 284 rushing yards, including 6.5 yards per carry.

Mississippi State (3-2) travels to face Houston (3-1) on Saturday at Robertson Stadium.

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