We recently spoke with Ball State defensive line commit Dan Manick to see how his senior year is shaping up. The Cardinal-to-be is hitting the weights hard to bulk up for his freshman season at BSU. "Right now I'm in the weight room 5 days a week," Dan told the BallStateInsider.com. "I just want to be in the best shape possible when I report for camp this summer." His numbers are pretty impressive, boasting a 300 lb power clean, 475 lb squat, and 295 lb bench max to go along with his 6'4" 265 pound frame.
Currently, Dan is slotted to man the defensive end position in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme, but may develop into a defensive tackle if he continues to gain size and strength at his current pace. That's fine with him. "I don't care where I play, whether it's punter or defensive line, I'm just really excited to get things going and see the field as soon as possible," he says. That will probably happen sooner rather than later, as BSU graduates a couple key contributors up front in tackles Amara Koroma and Jacob Jordan.
In addition to starring on the football field, Dan is also the starting pitcher for the Lake Central Indians, and will look to lead them to the Duneland Athletic Conference title this season. Following baseball season, he's off to Muncie, where he'll begin prepping for the season and a future career in the medical industry.