19 Players in 19 Days: Damon Singleton

The eighth in our series covering the 19 commitments for the Ball State Football Class of 2014.

As Ball State enters the Kevin Kelly era of defense and a shift to more multiple defensive looks, including more time spent in a 3-4 alignment, the need for a good corps of linebackers with speed and athleticism is paramount. One such player that fits that mold is incoming freshman Damon Singleton.

Singleton, a 6-2 220, has the size and great frame to play multiple positions in the Cardinals scheme and also has the speed and athleticism. As an All-State performer in Michigan last season at Wyandotte Roosevelt, Singleton tallied 60 tackles including 6 sacks. This means he has the ability to be an effective blitzer from where ever he lines up.

Strengths: At this point Singleton can rely on his natural physical gifts, he is big and strong but also fast and changes direction well. He is an effective blitzer and is also solid on special teams (he blocked 3 punts in high school).

What to Work On: For Singleton, it will be the little things and the learning the nuances of playing his position at the collegiate level. With a multiple look defense that Coach Kelly stats will go from 4-3 to 3-4 to 3-3-5 schemes, the learning curve will be the biggest obstacle at this point for Singleton.

What to Expect This Coming Season: Singleton has the physical tools to play from day one, either on specials or as a back up filling in. Whether he plays from the get-go will be up to him and also up to Coach Lembo and Coach Kelly if they are wanting to burn his scholarship year for limited reps, or if they see him filling a need and playing enough.

Tomorrow's player: Quentin Turner.

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