Most bowling balls live a mundane life. They only roll down lanes and knock over pins.
Human bowling balls also tend to go through life inconspicuously, but tend to enjoy life a lot more. This statement is especially true when they play college football.
In Muncie, IN, there is a human bowling ball that plays running back for the Ball State Cardinals, who goes by the name of MiQuale Lewis.
Not only is Lewis a human bowling ball, he is part invisible man.
At 5'6", Lewis hides behind his offensive linemen, until he finds a hole to sneak through. By the time the defense realizes where he is, Lewis is already in the process of running over an opponent.
Just like a bowling ball, Lewis comes with a hook. Although he enjoys punishing defenders, Lewis is also able to turn the corner and sprint by them.
Lewis begins 2009 as the leading returning rusher in the FBS in terms of total yards and is only behind Jahvid Best of California in yards per game.
In 2008, Lewis rushed for 1,736 yards on 462 carries with 25 touchdowns. Lewis gained at least 100 yards in 11-of-14 games. He gained over 150 yards in a single game five times.
Perhaps Lewis' best performance occurred on the road versus Indiana. Going into the game, Ball State had never defeated a team from a BCS Conference in 43 attempts and had never defeated a Big Ten team in 19 tries.
To make matters worse, Ball State's star receiver, Dante Love, was forced out of the game in the second quarter with a cervical spine fracture.
Not only did Lewis help keep the team composed after seeing a teammate carried off of the field on a stretcher, he stepped up his game to take pressure off of the passing game.
Lewis gained 166 yards and tallied four touchdowns to lead Ball State to a 42-20 victory over the Hoosiers.
Lewis' physical style of running has taken a toll on his 193 lbs. frame. As a freshman, Lewis only participated in six games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. In 2007, Lewis was playing well before suffering a leg injury that ruined his season in the fourth game of the year.
Despite the setbacks, Lewis only needs 1,540 yards to become the leading rusher at Ball State. That task will not be easy with Ball State needing to replace its starting quarterback and four offensive linemen.
Lewis will definitely do his best to lead Ball State to a successful season.
Expect the human bowling ball to channel all of his energy to strike fear in the opposition.
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