Bears sold Ball State basketball player Franko House on return to football – Chicago Tribune

Ball State basketball coach James Whitford was caught off guard last summer when a maintenance worker at Worthen Arena let him know one of his players was there shooting every morning, sometimes before 6.

That player was Franko House, a rising senior and two-time captain for the Cardinals. House and his fiancee, Morgan Jantzi, had just had a son, Carter, and the new father was rising to feed his son and then going about his business in order to have some downtime after team workouts later in the day.

House now will attempt to make the transition from the hardwood to playing tight end in the NFL after signing with the Bears as an undrafted free agent. Is there a better name for a tight end than Franko House?

He hasn’t played football since he helped Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., to the 4A state semifinals in 2012. House was an all-state defensive lineman and likely would have had a scholarship offer from Illinois had he made a recruiting visit. Indiana and Michigan State showed interest but backed off when he expressed more interest in basketball. MAC schools encouraged him to play both.