The book on Vick Ballard leading up to the NFL Draft in April read as follows: Tough, fearless, good nose for the end zone, respectable speed.
Selected by the Colts in the fifth round with the 170th overall pick, the 5-foot-11, 219-pound running back hit town with a no-glitz, all-business reputation. The kind that enabled him to find the end zone on 30 occasions in his two seasons as a Mississippi State Bulldog.
Tote rock, will score. If only it fit on a license plate.
While further down on the Colts’ rookie recognition list than, say, the Stanford pairing of quarterback Andrew Luck and tight end Coby Fleener, one of the squad’s primary running options is no less familiar with big-game environment, having played in the brutally competitive Southeastern Conference.