New Ball State Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Tim Daoust intends on stopping the run and pressuring the QB. In order to do so, the Cardinals had to upgrade the Defensive End spot. Consider that job done.
Ball State added three strong, physical and athletic players to their stable of DE talent in the Class of 2016.
Kyle Williams, 6-3 265, Indianapolis (IN) Southport – Williams is a big and strong guy that can hold the edge against the run and still put pressure on the QB. Williams is big enough to slide inside during passing situations. Williams, who tallied 54 tackles and two sacks as a senior on a solid Southport defense, is a better pass rusher than his senior season stats show.
Frank Burton, 6-1 254, Bear (DE) William Penn – Burton is another big guy that can bring it from the edge. A slightly more twitchy athlete than Williams, Burton plays with a low center of gravity that allows him to hold the edge against the run. Burton also has a solid get off and a quick first step that allows him to get the QB in a hurry. Burton is advanced with his hands and after having played on both sides of the ball as a prep, will be able to focus full time on one position as a collegiate. Burton posted 77 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a senior.
Donald Manning, 6-2 225, Plainfield (IL) East – Manning is a long limbed edge rusher. He has good size and a frame to get bigger and be an every down guy, but his immediate impact will be felt as a pass rusher. Manning has very long arms that pairs nicely with his speed on the edge to make him a tough block. As a senior, Manning posted 10 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 46 total tackles. Manning has a high ceiling as a pass rusher.
Tomorrow: Rush LB & LBs