Kalen Ballage is the newest Miami Dolphins running back after being selected with the 131st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are five things to know about the Dolphins’ newest offensive weapon:
1. Ballage, a native of Peyton, Colo., was recruited by Notre Dame, Oregon and Ohio State, among other schools, and had some dominant performances at Falcon High School. In a game in 2013 against George Washington High, he ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, adding a 66-yard touchdown reception and an 80-yard punt-return touchdown for good measure — all in the first half.
2. One of Ballage’s uncles, Howard Ballage, played in the Canadian Football League and the United States Football League. Another of his uncles, Pat Ballage, played for the Indianapolis Colts for two seasons.
3. At Arizona State, the 6’3” running back rushed for 1,984 yards on 450 carries and 27 touchdowns in four seasons.
4. In a game in 2016 against Texas Tech, Ballage ran for 137 yards and seven touchdowns on 13 carries and added a touchdown catch as well, setting a single-game FBS record with eight total touchdowns.
5. At the NFL Combine, Ballage turned in the third best 40-yard dash time among running backs and the fourth best time in the three-cone drill.