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Ball State's football team is in the midst of spring practice and boasts the return of 39 lettermen, including 13 starters from a 2012 team that tallied a 9-4 overall record and competed in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl.

The Cardinals spring depth chart is taking shape as the team continues spring practice.

 

"The retention rate of our student-athletes has been improving with each semester, so we are gradually improving our numbers and depth," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo says.  "Internal competition improves as your depth improves. They are directly related. In the past, there were some starters here that were not pushed because the talent or experience gap was too great between them and the next guy on the depth chart. We are slowly changing that trend. We are young at some positions such as the offensive line and linebacker, but there are some competitive guys at those spots. The other component is improving the quality of the talent in each consecutive recruiting class. Our veteran players were impressed with last year’s freshmen when they arrived for summer school. Hopefully, this year’s group will be even better. If the talent level gradually improves and we keep developing our players, we will end up with a mature, experienced team in a couple years."

 

Ball State, under the direction of head coach Pete Lembo, finished practice No. 3 Friday as it continues preparations for an Aug. 29 opener vs. Illinois State at Scheumann Stadium.

 

LETTERMEN RETURNING/LOST: 39/24

 

Lettermen Returning (Offense - 17)

C: Jacob Richard *
OT: Matthew Page ***
OG: Jordan Hansel ***
OG: Jalen Schlachter *
HB: Jahwan Edwards **
HB: Horactio Banks *
TE: Zane Fakes ****
TE: David Schneider ***
TE: Dylan Curry *
TE: Michael Raby *
WR: Connor Ryan ***
WR: Jamill Smith ***
WR: Willie Snead **
WR: KeVonn Mabon *
WR: Chris Shillings *
WR: Jordan Williams *
QB: Keith Wenning ***

Lettermen Returning (Defense - 20)

DE: Nick Miles **
DE: Michael Ayers *
DE: Osazuwamen Igbinosun *
DE: Jonathan Newsome *
NG: Keenan Noel *
DT: Joel Cox ***
DT: Nathan Ollie ***
DT: Darnell Smith *
LB: Julian Boyd **
LB: Ben Ingle *
LB: Kenneth Lee *
LB: Trent Toothman *
S: J.C. Wade **
S: Christopher Calloway **
S: Joseph Fazio **
S: Brian Jones **
S: Chris Pauling *
CB: Jeffery Garrett ***
CB: Quintin Cooper ***
CB: Eric Patterson ** 

Lettermen Returning (Specialists - 2)

PK: Scott Secor **
LS: Garrett Mack **

Lettermen Lost (Offense - 11)

C: Dan Manick ***
OL: Austin Holtz **** Cameron Lowry **** Kitt O'Brien *** Chris Sparrow **
QB: Kelly Page *** Brooks Medaris *
HB: Barrington Scott ** Dwayne Donigan ****
WR: Jack Tomlinson *** Jared Scaringe * 

Lettermen Lost (Defense - 11)

NG: Donovan Jarett **** Harold Hogue ***
DL: Brandon Newman *
LB: Travis Freeman **** Tony Martin **** Justin Cruz ****
S: Brandon Kish ** Jarrett Swaby *
CB: Jason Pinkston *** Andre Dawson **  Armand Dehaney ****

Lettermen Lost (Specialists - 2)

P: Scott Kovanda ****
PK: Steven Schott ****

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