Ball State, in the past 15 years, has supplied the NFL with two punters in perennial All-Pro Brad Maynard of the Chicago Bears and former St. Louis Ram and Indianapolis Colt Reggie Hodges. Add in current punter, All-American Chris Miller, and the Cardinals have put together a sort of dynasty of greatness at the undervalued position. All of this is not lost on Kovanda, who chose Ball State partially because of their recent history.
"I enjoyed spending the weekend with Chris Miller and know that I can learn a lot from him during my redshirt year," Kovanda said of his recent visit to Ball State. "I know that Ball State has a history of great punters and I hope to continue that tradition."
Kovanda, who plans on majoring in business at Ball State, chose Ball State despite an offer on the table from Toledo as well as interest from several major programs.
"I had interest from other universities and an offer from the University of Toledo," Kovanda said. "I had made an official visit to Toledo the weekend before (his visit to Ball State), and feel that Ball State is a better fit."
Kovanda, who owns a career 40.1 punting average in high school, also sited his comfort with Ball State coaches. As well as Ball States academics.
"I really like Coach (Brady) Hoke and my recruiting coach, Sydney Powell," Kovanda said. "I also felt good about the kicking coaches (Dennis Moynihan and Jay Steilberg). I want to study business there and met with several of the Business School professors. I really like what Ball State has to offer academically and feel it will be a good fit for me. Ball State's football program is on the rise and I'm happy I have the opportunity to be a Cardinal."