The hole left by the graduation of All-American linebacker Tyler Starr will no doubt be the first thing mentioned as folks catch a preview of the 2014 South Dakota defense. But if fans want to know what is weighing on defensive coordinator Jason Petrino's mind most, then they would have to focus on another position.
VERMILLION, S.D.--Ellis Henderson's 98-yard kickoff return with 1:36 to go in the fourth quarter capped a three-touchdown day for the sophomore wide receiver as No. 12 Montana survived South Dakota 31-27 Saturday at the DakotaDome.
VERMILLION, S.D.--Youngstown State running back Martin Ruiz ran in from three yards out with 14 seconds remaining to give the 10th-ranked Penguins a 38-34 win against South Dakota Saturday at the DakotaDome.
VERMILLION, S.D.--Redshirt freshman running back Trevor Bouma ran for a season-high 145 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Dakota to a 17-14 win against Indiana State Saturday at the DakotaDome. It's the second straight win for the Coyotes (3-3, 2-1 MVFC), who improved to 3-0 at home.
2013 One of 10 players who started all 12 games, he at safety ... finished as the team's fifth-leading tackler with 57, 38 of which were solo stops ... had two interceptions, including one he returned 60 yards for a touchdown against Montana on the third play of the game (11/9) ... also had a strip sack that resulted in a punt during the fourth quarter against Montana ... recorded a fumble against Kansas (9/7) ... had a season- and team-high 10 tackles vs. South Dakota State (11/16) ... served as the team's primary punt returner, netting 11 returns for 45 yards (4.1 ypr) ... returned five kickoffs for 102 yards (20.4 ypr).
2012 Played in all 11 games and was one of 14 Coyotes with at least 10 starts, he at safety...honorable mention all-MVFC honoree...led the team with 35 solo tackles and was tied for third overall with 74 stops on the season...also had three tackles-for-loss including a solo sack of 11 yards against North Dakota State (10/20)...had the 19th-most tackles in MVFC play...had a team-high and season-high 11 tackles vs. Northern Iowa (11/10)...tied for fourth on the team with three pass breakups...blocked a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter against Youngstown State (11/3)...forced a fumble against Indiana State (10/27).
2011 Played and started all 11 games for the Coyote defense...Finished fifth on the team in total tackles with 54...Had 36 solo stops along with one tackle for loss for three yards...Ranked tied for first in pass breakups with five and was tied for second in fumble recoveries with two for two yards...Had a season-high eight total stops at Wisconsin and against UC Davis.
2010 Played in all 11 games and made 10 starts as USD's starting free safety...finished fourth on the team with 61 tackles, including 38 solo stops...posted a season-high 10 tackles at Southern Utah...had one tackle for loss for three yards...posted a team-high four pass breakups...earned one interception and one fumble recovery...received USD's Most Valuable Freshman Award...named USD's Defensive Player of the Week once during the season.
Prep A two-star recruit according to Rivals.com...was a consistent and quick-footed cornerback for Coach Tom Doherty and Class 5A Eaglecrest High School...notched 32 tackles, including a season-high 10 in one game, and two sacks to earn all-conference and all-city honors as a senior...also earned both accolades as a junior and was an academic all-state selection in the classroom.
Personal Son of Latrice Swift...communication studies major.