Tuesday’s Insight Bowl marked the final game in the college career of former Free State High standout Christian Ballard.
Ballard, a 6-foot-5, 297-pound senior defensive tackle for the Iowa Hawkeyes capped his career with a 27-24 victory against No. 14 Missouri.
Ballard finished the game with three tackles and a sack.
He finished 2010 with 43 tackles, including three sacks, five tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble.
For his career, Ballard recorded 152 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as a three-year starter.
Next up for the former Firebird is preparation for next April’s NFL Draft, where some draft analysts have Ballard projected as high a second-round pick.