A friendship remains afloat

After initial rivalry, Kettani and Ballard are backfield partners

December 19, 2007|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

Navy's fullbacks Adam Ballard and Eric Kettani are laughing, keeping tomorrow night's Poinsettia Bowl in perspective.

"He's the Rain Man," said Ballard, referring to the Oscar-winning film. "Dustin Hoffman. That's him. I'm like his guardian. I take care of him, like Tom Cruise. I keep him pointed in the right direction."

Poinsettia Bowl Navy vs. Utah, San Diego, tomorrow, 9 p.m., ESPN, 1090 AM Line: Utah by 8

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