The strength of the Cardinals’ defense will be the trio of Ben Ingle, Zack Ryan and Aaron Taylor. All three have started at least one season and all three are among the top returning tacklers for the Cardinals defense. Ryan, a 5-11 224 redshirt junior and former walk-on, is the man in the middle where is seen as the crazy guy of the group and the one that keeps things from getting too tense. Ingle, a 5th year senior, is the tough guy, the one that is always there to make a play. Taylor, the 5-11 205 converted safety, is the cover guy on the edge, able to cover slots or tight ends while also helping out against the run.
Behind the starting three are three up and coming talents and two proven veterans who are pushing for playing time.
The youth comes from junior Sean Wiggins (6-3 228), who is seemingly always in need of more snaps and plays at a high level every time he is on the field. Stu Stanley (6-1 229), a former high school S/DB who has added weight and is a physical presence. And Damon Singleton (6-2 234), a phenomenal athlete as a redshirt freshman who will certainly be on the field more and more as the season moves forward.