Keith Wenning can do it all on the football field – as evidenced by his wild stat sheet from a season ago. The 6-4 225 QB not only served as backup at that key position (including playing in several games there and throwing for 480 yards and 7 tds), but he also served as a runner (176 yards and 3 tds), pass receiver (6 receptions for 125 yards and a score), LB/S and punter (39.3 ypp). He stopped just short of being a concessionaire and ticket taker as well. It was these attributes and his big time arm, that led Ball State to offer Wenning a scholarship earlier this fall, one in which he accepted with a verbal commitment this week.
“I like being QB way better,” Wenning said. “I like taking control of the offense and being the leader.”
Wenning stepped in this season for graduate QB Cory Klenke and he has so far led the Cavaliers offense effectively. Wenning has thrown for 2,077 yards, 23 tds and a 67.7 completion percentage thus far through 9 games, leading Coldwater to an 8-1 record (#1 team in Division 5, region 20). Wenning has also ran for 456 yards and 5 tds and serves as his team’s punter where he is averaging a solid 38.4 yard a punt.
“I’d say my biggest strength as a QB is my arm strength,” Wenning said. “I’ve thrown the ball really well my whole career. I’d also say I have very good touch and accuracy. Also, I’m a pretty big guy, and can run the ball, I will lower the shoulder and run over people if I need to.”
As for the Cardinals, with whom Wenning camped this summer and reportedly impressed the coaches, Wenning enjoyed his time both at camp and during a very recent visit.
“I really like the coaching staff, everyone of them are great to know,” Wenning said. “Talking with them, you can really tell that they are all very good coaches and know what they are talking about. Also the facilities they have there are very good and they have a good tradition. I visited yesterday (Monday) – I met with coaches and was shown around the campus and got to met some of the players. It was great.”
Ball State was able to snag the big armed QB over just one other offer from Air Force, but several other programs were lurking in the background and keeping their eyes on Wenning.
“Air Force offered too,” Wenning said. “Cincinnati, Toledo, UConn and West Virginia were all also looking at me.”
With one big decision out of the way, Wenning can now focus all of his energy on his high school career, which could very well end in a state title run.
“We need to finish the weekend ahead with a win,” Wenning said. “Then we get in to the playoffs and take it a week at a time. Our main goal though is that state title.”
BallStateInsider.com will continue to track Keith’s season as Coldwater makes a run in the state playoffs.