Christian Abney poses with his family at his signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Abney signed with Ball State to continue his academic and athletic career.

ZIONSVILLE – Christian Abney has been a key piece to the Zionsville football team’s offense the past two seasons.

Now he has earned the opportunity to play at the next level.

Abney signed Wednesday with Ball State to continue his academic and football careers.

“I’m really excited,” Abney said. “It’s been a long time coming and it feels really good to make it officially and that the day finally came.”

Ball State plays in Mid-American Conference and finished 5-7 under head coach Mike Neu.

Abney said several things about Ball State stood out during his recruiting process.

“Their program does things the right way,” Abney said. “I developed really good relationships with the coaches and it seemed like a great fit for me.”

Abney finished this season 110 of 214 for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added 206 yards rushing and a TD.

For his career, he was 194-of-365 for 2,520 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added 393 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

“They really liked my athleticism and coachability,” Abney said. “They liked the intangibles that I have. They made it really clear that they believe in me and that means a lot.”

Abney signed before he gets to Ball State, there are a few things he wants to improve on.

“I am trying to get a lot bigger and more athletic,” Abney said. “That has been the focus in my training.”

When looking back at his time at Zionsville, Abney said there are a few things that stand out that he will remember forever.

“I am going to remember the relationships I built with the players and coaches,” Abney said. “We have made a lot of great memories that are going to last for a lifetime.”

Abney is currently undecided on a major, but is considering something in business.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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