VERMILLION, S.D.--Junior quarterback Kevin Earl, senior running back Jasper Sanders, junior linebacker Keyen Lage and junior defensive lineman Drew Iddings have been named captains of South Dakota's football team for the upcoming season as voted on by their peers.
Third-year head football coach and South Dakota alum Joe Glenn fielded questions about a new secondary, the return of Kevin Earl to the quarterback position and the FCS playoffs among other things during a 10-minute Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason.
A quarterback at tight end, a running back at wide receiver, an offensive lineman at fullback. All positions and personnel groupings are on the table as offensive coordinator Wesley Beschorner works to place the top 11 players on the field in each situation.
2013 Missed the entire season with a wrist injury sustained during the preseason.
2012 One of 38 Coyotes who played in all 11 games...earned a start against Northern Iowa (11/10)...named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team...carried 81 times for 264 yards and three scores...caught 12 passes for 67 yards...finished third on the team in both rushing yards and receptions...team's primary return man...averaged seven yards on nine punt returns...averaged 23 yards on 15 kickoff returns...ranked 45th nationally and fourth in the MVFC in kick return average...averaged 26 yards per kickoff return in MVFC play, good for second in the conference...had 50 yards rushing on eight carries vs. Illinois State (9/29)...caught three passes for 34 yards vs. Northwestern (9/22)...carried 12 times for 38 yards against Colgate, including a 7-yard touchdown run that broke a 14-14 tie (9/8)...had a 55-yard kickoff return against Western Illinois that preceded a three-play touchdown drive (10/6).
Butler Community College Earned first-team all-conference honors and honorable mention all-America honors as he led the Grizzlies in rushing with 937 yards and a team-high 15 touchdowns as a sophomore...Played in all 12 games and averaged a team-high 78.1 yards...Also had three receptions for 24 yards...His 90 points scored ranked second on the team and he ranked second in total offense at 78.1 yards per game and second in all-purpose yards at 80.1 per contest...As a freshman at Butler, he had 48 carries for 506 yards with seven rushing touchdowns.
Prep Lettered all four years at Piper High School where he earned all-state honors as a quarterback and all-conference...Set every rushing record in school history except career touchdowns...In one game, he rushed for 401 yards and 30 carries with six total touchdowns...Also participated in basketball and track and was a two-time state champion in the 4 X 100m relay...Sanders also was recruited by Maryland and Tennessee-Martin among others.
Personal Son of Jeff and Veronica Sanders...kinesiology and sports science major with a minor in coaching.