Anyone expecting former New Haven standout Jordan Hogue to sport a hulking physique at the college level with Ball State will be sorely disappointed.
Hogue, who never was an imposing figure on the high school gridiron, will not have a huge physical transition with the Cardinals. What he will have is a stronger, tighter body frame while keeping the quickness that made him one of the biggest big-play threats in Northeast Indiana the last few seasons.
The physical regimen laid out by Ball State strength and conditioning coach David Feeley is designed to push Hogue to about 175-180 pounds before the season begins.
Hogue has been in Muncie for nearly a month taking summer classes and working out and is seeing results.
“I am starting to get into a little routine and into the flow of things,” Hogue said. “The first couple days I was kind of homesick, but after the third or fourth day I got into the swing of things, working out and being around the guys.”
The 6-foot Hogue played at around 165 pounds last year for New Haven, which had its best season in program history, going 11-2 and winning a sectional championship. Hogue had over 1,100 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns on 61 receptions.
Adapting to the college game off the field has not been a big deal for Hogue, who was a regular in the weight room at New Haven and at AWP Sports.
“I was at AWP twice a day (to work out),” Hogue said. “I want to get bigger and stronger, but my body isn't going to gain too much weight.”
Ball State knows it has a dedicated athlete in the former Bulldog.
“One thing about Jordan is he was a phenomenal worker through high school and before he came to Ball State,” Cardinal coach Pete Lembo said. “Every time I see him he seems to be getting bigger in terms of his muscle mass.”
Hogue says he is at 173 pounds right now and has begun eating three solid meals a day as well as snacks such as macaroni in his dorm.
“It has always been kind of hard for me (to eat a lot) because I am always on the go, never stopping,” Hogue said. “At Ball State, I eat a big breakfast, big lunch and big dinner.”
While workouts in the weight room in high school and AWP focused on more reps with less weight, Feeley has the Cardinals doing more reps with less reps and good technique.
“We really haven't gone past 6-8 reps (per set) at Ball State, it's kind of different,” Hogue said.
Hogue is entering the final two months before the start of the season as if he will see some playing time as a true freshman. The coaching staff has yet to discuss a redshirt with Hogue, although Ball State has plenty of depth at wide receiver, including at the slot position where Hogue is projected to play.
“I am really hoping I don't redshirt, but if it happens it could be a good thing,” Hogue said. “I can put more weight on for the next four years.”
Ball State begins the season on August 30 at home against Colgate.