Ben Jacoby is a long, long way from home. The freshman from Buford, GA is currently enrolled in summer school at Ball State, and despite his time away from family, he is loving every minute of the experience.
"It's been great. I really like it here a lot," Jacoby said. "It's probably more hard on my mom and dad than it is for me."
Ben is not only taking classes, but he is also getting to know all his new teammates and also spending plenty of time in the weight room getting ready to compete for playing time in his first year.
"The summer is going really good. We are in the weight room a lot and everybody has a solid team oriented view," Jacoby said. "All the guys are in there pushing you to do your best. Everyone is very encouraging. I am really excited about the season."
Jacoby, who said the main reason for coming the Ball State was the fact that his father, Doug, played with Ball State head coach Brady Hoke for the Cardinals in the late 1970's.
Another factor was the school's renovation of the stadium, which includes new field turf, something that Jacoby is excited about.
"I really never played on that stuff before," he said. "My high school (Georgia powerhouse Buford High School) had a grass field. I played on the old astro-turf, but this stuff seems a whole lot better."
Jacoby said with the renovations and the numbers of players returning, that the upcoming season is filled with great optimisim.
"We are having a really good summer," he said. "All the guys are ready to go. I think we are already hitting on all cylinders. I can't wait until we hit the field."
Ball State begins the 2007 season and the unvailing of their newly renovated Scheumann Stadium with a game against Mid-American Conference rival Miami.
Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com to see how Jacoby's freshman season turns out.