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Vince Koza: Time flies for Coldwater's Wenning


November 28. 2013 2:51PM


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I always tell anyone that will listen that the older you get, the faster the days go.


My Dad first told me that many years ago and I didn't believe him then.


I believe him now.


It is hard to believe that former Coldwater high school football standout Keith Wenning will be playing his final home game at Ball State University this afternoon.


It seems only yesterday that Wenning was helping his high school team win a state championship as a sophomore and a state runner up trophy as a senior. Wenning's teams at Coldwater were an amazing 49-4.


And when you talk to Keith, he remembers where he is from, and how proud he is of his alma mater and how they have continued that football success.


“They are showing everybody what Coldwater football is all about,” he told me, remembering that the Cavaliers lost 23 seniors from last year's state championship team and have still advanced to this Saturday night's Div. V state semi-finals.


Wenning has had a sensational college career at Ball State. He started the last 10 games of his freshman season and hasn't looked back.


He holds the Cardinals career records for touchdown passes (85), passing yards (10,742), pass completions, (985), and pass attempts (1,565).


And Wenning has thrown for at least 300 yards in a game a school record 15 times in his career and thrown for 250 or more yards in a game a school record 21 times in his career.


Not bad, eh.


Entering today's regular season finale versus Miami of Ohio, Wenning needs three touchdown passes to set the Ball State single season touchdown record and is just 219 yards shy of the single season passing mark.


And by the by-Ball State is winning behind Wenning.


The Cardinals are 24-12 over the last three years including 9-2 this season.


If there has been a negative, the Cardinals will not be playing in the MAC Championship game this year.


They lost that chance after losing to nationally ranked and undefeated Northern Illinois 48-27 back on November 13th.


And as good as Wenning has been this season, it may be only good enough for second team All Mid American Conference quarterback, because of Huskies qb Jordan Lynch who now is being considered as a Heisman Trophy candidate.


But Wenning is happy with his season and with his career in Muncie, Indiana.


“It is crazy how fast four years can go. It has been a great four years and no doubt that it will be a bittersweet moment playing my last game on Ball State's field (later today),” he told me last week.


And after today and Ball State's expected bowl game, Wenning will begin work to get ready for the next level-a shot at the NFL.


“Absolutely-it has been a goal of mine and I am going to try and take advantage of the opportunity and run with it.”


But Keith, please remember what my Dad told me


The NFL will be there next season.


Enjoy your last college home game today, Keith Wenning.


You deserve it.


(You can comment to Koza: koza@cmgroup.co)




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