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Ball Returns With Surprising Start

Neiron Ball didn't know when he would get on the field after Darrin Kitchens beat him out for the starting SAM linebacker spot. After Kitchens got injured on the first kickoff of the game, Ball was forced onto the field sooner than expected. There was a quick moment of nerves, but after 20 months away from a college football game, it came back quick once Ball got back on the field.

The first few plays on the field were about shaking the "whole lot of rust" that Ball thought was hindering him. Ball was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), where the brain's blood vessels tangle and rupture, and missed the entire 2011 season with it. Saturday was about more than the win or the one tackle Ball was credited with. It was about being back on the field. "I was...

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