INDIANAPOLIS – Ever since his sophomore season in Muncie, his stock has just kept rising.
Named the full-time Ball State starting quarterback by new head coach Pete Lembo in the fall of 2011, Keith Wenning watched his touchdowns and yardage climb as his interceptions dropped. Of course at the same time, the Cardinals got better and better.
His senior season was his best, as the quarterback threw for 4,148 yards and 35 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions in helping Ball State to a 10-3 overall record.
That combined with a strong post-season has put Wenning in the mix with the quarterbacks at the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, where he hopes to keep the momentum going all the way to an NFL team.
“I can only worry about the things I can control,” said Wenning of his philosophy this off-season. “I’ve known that going through training and after the season. So I’ve been focusing what I need to focus on to trying to make myself better.”
To do so in the offseason, Wenning trained at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis along with teammate Zane Fakes and rival quarterback from the Mid-American Conference Jordan Lynch. Wenning also had a strong performance while at the East-West Shrine
Bucky Brooks, a football analyst for NFL.com, pointed out that Wenning: “Stood out with his accuracy and ball placement. He connected on a handful of curls and dig routes that showcased his anticipation, and a completion on a deep crosser highlighted his touch.”
As he arrives at the combine he hopes to continue that momentum with the same philosophy he’s had the entire offseason-from the playing to the speaking with teams.
“In the interviews, the teams are trying to put a face with the name. As far as the workout, you’ve just got to show everything you’ve got,” said Wenning. “For me personally, I’m not going to hold anything back. I’m gonna do everything but the bench press.
“Hope I catch someone’s eye and just let everything out that I have.”
He will not be alone in doing so. His main target in college-Ball State receiver Willie Snead-along with Cardinals’ defensive end Jonathan Newsome are both taking part in the combine as they hope to get their NFL careers started.
“I’m happy that I got an invitation and blessed, thankful for that,” said Wenning. “I’m sure Willie and Jonathan are too. But I feel like we’re here for a purpose, we’re here to compete and show everybody what he can do.”
Just as Wenning has a little better as the years go by.