Ball State QB Page out for season

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Ball State quarterback Kelly Page is done for the season.

Coach Stan Parrish announced after Tuesday’s practice that Page, a redshirt freshman, suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand that will require surgery.

According to the Ball State Daily News, Page will have the surgery today and two screws will be placed inside the thumb to stabilize it.

“If it was you or I, they would just put a cast on it and in six weeks it would have healed,” Ball State associate athletics trainer Shawn Comer told the Daily News. “But with Kelly being a quarterback, he needed surgery.”

Tanner Justice will take over as the starter. He’s played in four games this season, completed 44 percent of his passes for 351 yards and two interceptions.

With Justice moving into the starting roll, Ball State does not have a backup quarterback. Freshman Aaron Mershman would be the next in line, but Parrish said he hopes to maintain Mershman’s redshirt and would be apt to play the Wildcat formation if something happens to Justice.

Page finishes the season completing 52.7 percent of his passes for 1,019 passing yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.