Ball State Season Preview: Defensive Backs

A position-by-position breakdown of the Ball State football team as it prepares for the 2015 season.

Ball State saw a ton of injuries a season ago in the secondary. From the loss of starting S Dae’Shaun Hurley, to the late season broken arm of Eric Patterson, the Cardinals and Head Coach Pete Lembo had to deal with a ton of new faces in new places.

Now this year, much of the same is taking place. Hurley has left the team and Patterson has graduated and the thin and unproven ranks, will have to do it all over again, only this time with added depth and talent from an influx of JUCO of prep talent.

Back in at safety are incumbent starter, and oft-injured Jr. Martez Hester (6-3 207). When he is healthy, Hester can be one of the best centerfielders in the MAC. He covers a lot of ground and also attacks the ground game and hits hard. Joining him is So. Dedrick Cromartie, a smaller (5-10 179) S that was thrust into action early when Hurley went down.

Backing those two up are three able and talented JUCO transfers. Two of those players were once signees at PAC-10 schools in Kyle Lewis (6-1 200) and Terin Solomon (5-11 180). Also added is early enrollee Rontrell Peyton (5-11 185).

At DB, the Cardinals return two spot starters in Tyree Holder (6-1 170) and Darius Conoway (6-1 189), both DBs have a ton of talent and size at the corner and Conoway is a physical presence in the running game.

Backing them up are David Moore (5-9 171), a largely untested So., and Corey Hall (5-9 189), a JUCO transfer.

Also bound to see playing time are true freshmen Marc Walton (5-9 177) and Armani McNulty (5-10 181).

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