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Keith Wenning

Keith Wenning
No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-02-14) February 14, 1991
Place of birth: Coldwater, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Coldwater (OH)
College: Ball State
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 194
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice squad
Career NFL statistics
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Keith Wenning (born February 14, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ball State.[1]

High school

Wenning lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Coldwater High School. His senior year he set the Coldwater High School single-season records for most passing yards in a season (3,699) and most touchdown passes in a season (40). Wenning was named Ohio Division V Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. The Coldwater Cavaliers finished as runners-up in the Ohio state championship in Wenning’s senior year. In that game, Wenning set the Ohio state championship game records for completed passes (40) and passing yards (414).

College career

2010 season

Wenning played in all 12 games and started in the final 10 games of his freshman year under then head coach Stan Parrish. His first college start came on September 18 against Purdue; the Cardinals would lose 24–13. This game was followed by another Big Ten matchup against #18 ranked Iowa. The Cardinals would finish the 2010 season at 4–8, leading to the dismissal of head coach Stan Parrish.

2011 season

Ball State’s season opener under new head coach Pete Lembo was an in-state cross conference match versus the Big Ten’s Indiana University at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on September 3. Wenning threw for 173 yards, 2 touchdowns and ran in a 1-yard quarterback keeper to upset Indiana 27–20. Ball State would finish the season 6–6 with another win over Army 48–21 and two notable losses to #22 ranked South Florida and #2 ranked Oklahoma. Wenning would finish the season with 2786 yards passing and 19 touchdown passes.

2012 season

Wenning lead the Ball State Cardinals to a 9–3 season with important wins over #25th ranked Toledo 34–27, the then Big East’s South Florida 31–27 and for a second year in a row the Big Ten’s Indiana University 41–39. The three regular season losses came to # 12 ranked Clemson, Kent State and Northern Illinois. Both Kent State and Northern Illinois would go on to be ranked in the top 25. Clemson's quarterback Tajh Boyd would go on to be the 213th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Wenning lead Ball State to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl game in St. Petersburg Florida where they were ultimately defeated by the University of Central Florida 38–17. UCF's then sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles would go on to be the 3rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Wenning would finish the season with 3095 yards passing and 24 touchdown passes.

2013 season

Wenning lead the Ball State Cardinals to another successful season, finishing 10–3 after the loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl on January 5, 2014. Wenning under head coach Pete Lembo helped the Ball State Cardinals become bowl eligible for the third consecutive year. Wenning's favorite target in 2013 is the wide receiver Willie Snead IV who has racked up 1516 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.

In the Cardinals 48–24 win over Akron, Wenning crossed the 10,000 yard career passing mark to make the List of NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks with at least 10,000 career passing yards.[2]

Wenning currently holds Ball State's records for most career passing yards, most pass attempts, most pass completions and most career passing touchdowns.[3]

After the 6 touchdown passes thrown during Ball State's 55–14 win over Miami, Wenning's career passing touchdowns total hit 91 and he has been added to the List of NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks with at least 90 career passing touchdowns.

Wenning added a 215 yards passing and a TD to his totals in the 20–23 loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl. Wenning set a new BSU record with 92 career passing TD's. With the 215 passing yards in the GoDaddy Bowl Wenning's season total hit 4,148 passing yards. Wenning now has the third-most single season passing yards in Mid-American Conference history falling just behind Byron Leftwich of Marshall (4,268 in 2002) and Ben Roethlisberger from Miami (4,486 in 2003).[4]

Wenning accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on January 18, 2014.[5] He played on the west team along with two other quarterbacks Notre Dame's Tommy Rees and Washington's Keith Price.[6]

College career statistics

Year Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards TDs Int Rating Att Yds TD
2010 128 235 1,373 14 14 111.3 32 −3 2
2011 287 449 2,786 19 11 125.1 57 182 3
2012 301 460 3,095 24 10 134.8 56 105 3
2013 319 498 4,148 35 7 154.4 35 47 5
Totals 1,035 1,642 11,402 92 42 131.7 177 323 13

College awards

  • On the list of NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks with at least 10,000 career passing yards
  • First player in Ball State history to pass for over 10,000 yards with 11,402 yards passing (2013)
  • One of only 33 NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks with at least 90 career passing touchdowns
  • Holds Ball State’s career passing touchdown record with 92 (2013)
  • Holds both of Ball State’s career passing attempts and completions records (2013)
  • Holds Ball State's single-season passing touchdown record with 35 (2013)
  • 2010 Ball State's 2010 John Hodge Award Winner (Most Valuable Freshman)
  • 2011 Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention[7]
  • 2012 All-MAC Second Team Offense
  • 2012 Ball State John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award
  • 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List[8]
  • 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List [9]
  • 2013 Davey O'Brien Award Watch List [10]
  • 2013 All-MAC Second Team Offense[11]

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Wenning was selected 194th overall in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. His first NFL snap came against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore's first preseason game on August 7, 2014 and his first NFL pass completion was a 10 yard pass to undrafted rookie wide receiver Jeremy Butler for a first down against the Dallas Cowboys in the second preseason game on August 16, 2014.[12] He completed 8 of 13 passes for 117 yards in the final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. Wenning was released by the Ravens on August 30 and signed to the team's practice squad on August 31, 2014.[13]

He was released by the Ravens on May 12, 2015.[14]

Cincinnati Bengals

On June 24th, 2015, Wenning was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.[15] On September 5, 2015, Wenning was waived by the Bengals.[16] On the following day, he was signed to the Bengals' practice squad.[17]


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