EUGENE, Ore.--Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 267 yards and accounted for four touchdowns - all in the first half - to lead third-ranked Oregon to a 62-13 win against South Dakota Saturday at Autzen Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
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.
South Dakota hosts Indiana State on Oct. 12, 2013 inside the DakotaDome
2013 Named Dave Triplett Offensive Player of the Year (USD award) ... started the final eight games of the season at quarterback and played in 10 games overall ... won his first three collegiate starts ... completed 165-of-314 passes for nine touchdowns and nine interceptions ... rushed for three scores and 129 yards ... finished second in the MVFC in passing (210 ypg) and total offense (218 ypg) in conference play ... had an efficiency rating of 107.64 a completion percentage of 52.5 ... threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores in an overtime win at UNI (10/19) ... threw a touchdown pass on the final play of regulation to force overtime ... was named a College Sporting News National All-Star and earned MVFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts ... added a second 300-yard effort (325) and a touchdown against South Dakota State (11/16) ... threw two touchdowns and ran for another vs. Youngstown State (11/2).
2012 One of 12 redshirt freshmen who lettered in 2012...saw action in three games and threw passes in two of them...completed 11-of-16 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in a backup role and in his collegiate debut at Indiana State (10/27)... touchdown pass was an 11-yard strike to Will Powell...was 2-for-5 for 25 yards in late-game action at South Dakota State (11/17).
2011 Redshirted his first year as a Coyote...Earned Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week honors prior to the Eastern Washington game.
Prep One of the top ranked quarterbacks in the state of Ilinois...posted a 21-2 record as a starting quarterback for coach William McNamara...as a senior went 11-1 by completing 107-of-207 passes for 1,715 yards and 12 touchdowns...earned all-state honorable mention, all-area and all-conference honors...as a junior went 10-1 by completing 78-of-139 passes for 1,491 yards and 15 touchdowns...also earned all-conference honors in basketball and qualified for the state track and field meet in the discus...
Personal Son of Robin and Susan Earl..father played in NFL for the Chicago Bears from 1977-82...kiniesiology and sports science major with a minor in business administration.