Kalen Ballage will return to Arizona State for his senior season, Jeff Metcalfe of AZCentral reports.
According to Metcalf, Ballage mulled over his draft stock before ultimately opting to return to Tempe for his senior year. Ballage made early season headlines from his 13-carry, 137-yard outing against Texas Tech in which he scored a whopping eight total touchdowns (seven rushing). However, his output was inconsistent the rest of the season as he failed to reach the 100-yard mark in any other game and he had just two more outings with more than 4.0-plus YPC. While shelf life is a concern for running back prospects, Ballage's relatively light workload (251 combined carries in the last two seasons) lessens the worry of him not having enough tread on the tires when he does declare for the draft.