Tyler Stockton is a rising star in the coaching ranks. At just 32 years old, Stockton is the third-youngest defensive coordinator in the FBS. His defensive unit continues to set the tone for this Ball State team that has won 18 games since the beginning of 2020, which is the most in the Mid-American Conference. Stockton has brought a new approach to the defense that aligns in a usual 3-4 base, but has the best athletes on the field at all times. He adjusts his game plans to match whatever the opposition hangs its hat on, including the air raid, triple option, pro style, etc. Stockton brings a championship swagger that is unmatched in this profession. Stockton was named to ESPN’s 45 minority coaches under the age of 45 over the summer and was chosen to AFCA 35 under 35 list during 2021 campaign.
Stockton’s defensive unit has helped set the tone for the Cardinals this season. It has allowed just 27 points per game while facing three of the top scoring offenses in the country throughout the season. The defense has allowed just 217 passing yards per game and opponents to having a passing efficiency of just 123.13, both rank second in the Mid-American Conference and are among the tops in the country. Since Oct. 8, the Cardinals have allowed just 21.0 points per game, which is the second-lowest in the MAC during that span. Only Miami (20.6) has produced a better mark in the conference. In the last five games, Ball State has recorded 34 tackles-for-loss, including 15 sacks.