DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team is a week into fall camp and just completed its ninth practice Wednesday morning. This week’s practice report spotlights the Bulldog defense. Drake returns four starters but welcome back plenty of players that saw significant playing time last year. In the front seven, the Bulldogs bring back linebackers Taylor Coleman and Michael Roane and defensive end Mack Marrin. Roane and Coleman have stepped up as leaders for not only the linebackers squad but also for the whole unit. Coleman battled injury last year after leading the team in tackles in 2014 with 95. Roane tallied 40 tackles a season ago as the weak side linebacker. Marrin is the unit’s top returning tackler with 49 stops, including a PFL-best 8.5 sacks. Also on the defensive line the Bulldogs anticipate more production from junior Nathan Clayberg, who ranked third-best on the team with 3.5 sacks. The Bulldogs open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 when they host Quincy at Drake Stadium. Print Friendly Version In the secondary, Drake only returns one starter, fifth-year senior Caz Zyks. Despite just one starter returning, the Bulldogs welcome back fifth-year senior Grant Krueger, senior Kyrell Newell and juniors Jabari Butler, Austin Dismond, Sean Lynch and Terry Wallen, who all saw significant playing time last fall and rotated in as starters in the spring.