If there is one position group on defense that Ball State can call its strong suit, it would be linebacker.
Wiggins (6-3 233), the all-around top performer of the defense, returns for his second season of starting and his 4th of significant playing time, posted 95 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 INTs last season. The Sr. North Carolina was good enough to be named First Team All-Mid-American Conference for a Cardinal defense that finished at or near the bottom of every statistical category last season.
Ryan, at 5-11 225, is back for his 5th season on the Cardinal roster. The former walk-on posted 67 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. He is a steady influence who has started since mid-way through his redshirt sophomore campaign and has been in on more snaps than any other Cardinal defender.
Taylor (5-11 206) is the most athletic of the group and is looked at to expand his role. After serving as both a safety and SAM in the past, Taylor will serve more of a ROVER type, lining up over the opponents SLOT receiver. This will mean he will serve as somewhat of a Defensive Back while also adding to run support.
Despite having all three seniors back for their final campaigns, Ball State has a wealth of young but inexperienced talent in the LB corps.
Headlining the group is veteran reserve Stu Stanley. The 6-1 229 Sr. has spent a ton of time over the years as a mainstay on special teams and should see an increased role as the top reserve for new LB Coach Johnny Curtis.
White, a former RB/QB in high school, spent the past season redshirting while getting bigger (6-0 232) while also learning the position. His experience as a RB helps him read and react to running plays and understand lanes.
Singleton (6-2 234) is a big and physical LB with plenty of athleticism and talent. He flashed great potential in a limited role last season and shined at the Spring Game earlier this year.
Jackson (5-11 219) is a ball hawking athlete who has solid speed and brings a punch on contact. Despite his lack of size, Jackson is a sure tackler that can also drop into coverage.