Has the opportunity to earn playing time at tight end following the departure of four seniors at that position ... Has added approximately 10 pounds in the last year as he builds the size necessary to play tight end ... Joined the team in the fall of 2012 and showed good all-around skills ... Hard worker with good speed and understanding of the system ... Caught a 26-yard pass in the 2013 Blue/White Game.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Continued to practice with the team.
2012 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Episcopal High School ... Played primarily tight end and fullback, leading the Knights to an 8-2 record junior year and 7-3 senior season record ... Named team captain and was coached by Steve Leisz ... Was a member of the track team, competing in the shot put and discus, while advancing to the championship meet in both events ... Played forward and center for the basketball team ... National Society of High School Scholars ... Received the math and history awards.
Personal: Born in Houston, Texas ... Son of John and Joni Ballis ... Has three brothers who are former collegiate athletes, including Pete, who played football at LSU; Reed, who ran track at Rice; and Jake, who was a basketball player at Houston ... Considering a major in management.
Community Cats: Participated in God's Pantry packing (2013) ... Helped with Big Blue U Move-In, helping students move into their dorms (2012).
John Says ... My nickname is: B-John ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: J.J. Watt ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: working with horses ... My favorite part of game day is: running out of the tunnel ... My hidden talent is: I can read minds.