The 23-year-old Ballard, a 2011 second-team All-SEC selection out of Mississippi State, was lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL in September.
With Ballard shelved, Hamilton relied on Trent Richardson and Donald Brown to “run the ball on first, second and third down.”
Unfortunately for Colts fans, Hamilton’s philosophy dimmed Andrew Luck’s brilliance and frequently caused Indianapolis to battle back from large deficits.
The 24-year-old Luck, who spearheaded the second biggest comeback in postseason history versus Kansas City on January 4, is the premier quarterback prospect to enter the NFL in the past 30 years.
A classic pocket passer with a quick release, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Luck has tossed 46 scores, against 27 interceptions, for 8,196 yards in 32 professional starts.
Without a glaring weakness, Luck is an amazing athlete and true field general who is willing to step into a throw in the face of pressure.
Despite losing Reggie Wayne on October 20, being overly dependent on T.Y. Hilton, and lacking any presence on the ground, the former Cardinal managed to direct the league’s 14th ranked attack.
Provided Pep Hamilton stops “(running) the ball on first, second and third down,” Andrew Luck and the Colts could gallop to Super Bowl XLIX next winter at the University of Phoenix Stadium.by