Returning starter at quarterback... went 8-0 in that role last year in being selected TCU's 2005 Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player... on the preseason All-America checklist by the Football Writers Association of America... his 60.1 career completion percentage ranks first all-time for the Horned Frogs... had thrown one career pass while seeing limited action in just two games before taking over for an injured Tye Gunn in a Sept. 24 contest at BYU last season... rallied TCU from an 18-point third-quarter deficit against the Cougars for the largest come-from-behind victory in Gary Patterson's five-year head coaching tenure.
2005: 8-0 as a starting quarterback... named All-Mountain West Conference by CollegeFootballNews.com while being an honorable-mention selection from the league coaches and media... his 59.9 completion percentage was the second-best single-season mark in TCU history, just shy of Tim Schade's 60.1 (1991)... ranked fourth in the MWC and 31st nationally with a 137.6 efficiency rating... had a near 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (13-7)... passed for at least two touchdowns in five of his final nine contests... placed second on TCU with eight rushing touchdowns, representing a score every 9.3 carries... earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors in his first collegiate start when he tied LaDainian Tomlinson's school record by accounting for six touchdowns (4 rushing, 2 passing) in a 49-28 win over New Mexico (Oct. 1)... rushed for a season-best 79 yards while completing 16-of-28 passes for 192 yards... had played in only two collegiate games and thrown just one pass before leading an 18-point comeback in a 51-50 overtime win at BYU (Sept. 24)... completed 8-of-12 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns after entering the game late in the third quarter with the Frogs trailing 34-16... his 35-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Brown with 1:25 to play in regulation put TCU on top 44-41 for its first lead of the game... threw for a career-best 302 yards to go with two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground in a 48-10 win at Air Force (Oct. 22)... it was TCU's first 300-yard passing day since the 2004 opener against Northwestern when Gunn threw for 368 yards... totaled 346 yards of offense against the Falcons as he added 42 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries... passed for 275 yards (21-of-33) in the 27-24 EV1.net Houston Bowl win over Iowa State (Dec. 31)... included in that total was an 84-yard scoring strike to Michael DePriest for the seventh-longest pass play in TCU history... his 75.9 completion percentage (22-of-29) in a 38-17 victory over Army (Oct. 15) represented the seventh-best single game passing mark in TCU history... had touchdown runs of 3 and 7 yards just 64 seconds apart in the fourth quarter after the Black Knights had closed within 24-17... totaled 330 yards for his second-best offensive output of the year in a 51-3 win over UNLV (Nov. 12)... passed for 279 yards (17-of-31) and two scores while rushing for 51 yards on six carries against the Rebels... prior to the BYU contest, his only action in the opening three games came at Oklahoma (Sept. 3) when he took two snaps in place of an injured Gunn.
2004: Made his collegiate debut against SMU... completed his only pass attempt, a nine-yard scoring strike to Marcus Brock... owns a quarterback efficiency mark of 505.60... rushed one time for minus-one yard.
2003: Listed as the third team quarterback at the end of the 2003 season behind Brandon Hassell and Kyle Kummer... did not play as a redshirt freshman.
2002: Worked with the scout team as a true freshman while taking a redshirt season.
High School: Considered one of the top passers in the Greater Houston area... was a pre-season candidate for the Offensive Player of the Year honors presented by the Houston Touchdown Club... led his Friendswood team to a 12-1 record as a senior and a 22-2 mark as a two-year starter... helped his team to a pair of District 23-4A titles... threw for 9,224 yards and rushed for 579 while totaling 65 touchdowns during his career... named to the Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers all-state teams... earned first team all-district honors in both 2000 and 2001... was the District 23-4A MVP and Galveston County Player of the Year in 2001... was a member of the Houston Chronicle State Top 100 and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal State Top 100... lettered three times in football and twice in basketball... coached by Steve Van Meter... drew interest from Iowa State, Kansas and Arizona State.
Personal: Jeffrey Giles Ballard was born November 4, 1983... parents names are Kent and Janet Ballard... pursuing a speech communications degree with a business minor.