A senior on the Indiana University football team, Nick Mangieri (#56) is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, majoring in business management. The native of Peoria, Illinois, started every game last year at bandit — a roving linebacker position — finishing the season with 37 tackles and 2 sacks. Back at defensive end this year (where he started as a sophomore), Mangieri is listed at 6-5, 270 pounds, and says he’s ready to lead a restructured defense that has struggled with injuries, inexperience, and coaching changes in the past few years.
IU defensive end Nick Mangieri gives Limestone Post an inside look at this year’s football team: how the seniors have “jelled” since their first days together as freshmen in the dorms, how Coach Kevin Wilson's reprimand during preseason camp "flipped the switch" for a more aggressive defense, and how Mangieri's "last go-round" lends a sense of urgency to what many see as a critical season for the program. Click here to read the full story.