Sean Baker, Kreg Hunter, Adam Morris, Briggs Orsbon and Andrew Puthoff will serve as the Cardinals' team captains this season.
"We are confident these five athletes will lead and represent our football program well both on and off the field," Lembo said. "They have been assets during the coaching transition and have earned the respect of their teammates."
Baker, who also served as a team captain in 2010, was an All-Mid-American Conference Second-Team selection last season and won Ball State's John Magnabosco Award as the team's most valuable player. The safety set the career interceptions record for the Cardinals last season as a junior with 16.
Hunter, an offensive lineman, started five games and played in eight last season, but suffered an ankle injury and missed four contests. Hunter had started all 12 games and 15 straight prior to the injury.
Morris, a defensive tackle, started all 12 games last season and tallied a career high four tackles at Central Michigan and against Akron. He managed at least one tackle in 10 games and was credited with his first career sack at CMU.
Orsbon, a wide receiver, was a 2010 ESPN Academic All-District choice and owns a 4.0 grade-point average on Ball State's 4.0 scale. He started all 12 games last season and has started 22 consecutive contests, while appearing in all 38 games in his first three seasons.
Puthoff, a defensive end, started all 12 games last season and played both defensive end and tight end. He made his first career interception at Central Michigan last year and tallied a career high nine tackles at Toledo.
Ball State's football team will open the 2011 season against Indiana University at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 3.