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.--Senior linebacker Tyler Starr and sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl were among the award recipients at the 2013 University of South Dakota Football Awards Show held Saturday in the ballroom of the Muenster University Center.
FARGO, N.D.--Top-ranked North Dakota State racked up 550 yards of offense and pitched a shutout on defense in a 42-0 win against South Dakota inside the Fargodome Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.
VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota State scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, then held off three South Dakota chances to tie in a 27-12 win in front of a capacity crowd of 10,845 at the DakotaDome Saturday.
2013 One of 10 Coyotes who started all 12 games, he at outside linebacker ... garnered the Tim Mojzik Bulldog Award (USD award selected by his teammates) ... finished fourth on the team in tackles with 67 (41 solo) ... was second on the team and eighth in the MVFC in tackles-for-loss with 12.0 ... also had four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... credited with six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups ... led the team in tackles three times, including a season-best tally of nine in the season opener vs. UC Davis (8/31) ... also forced a fumble against UC Davis ... picked off passes in back-to-back weeks against Montana (11/9) and South Dakota State (11/16) ... had a team-high nine tackles including two for loss against Indiana State (10/12).
2012 One of two true freshmen who lettered in 2012...started the final two games of the season at linebacker and was one of 38 Coyotes who played in all 11 games...USD's Harry Gamage Most Valuable Freshman...finished 13th on the team in tackles with 33 (12 solo, 21 assists)...had a season-high seven tackles in the finale at SDSU (11/17)...had five tackles at Northwestern (9/22)...recovered a fumble vs. UNI (11/10)...finished the season with four tackles-for-loss including two sacks, a quarterback hurry and two pass breakups.
Prep Played with Coyote teammate Devon O'Farrell where the duo helped lead Sioux Falls Washington High School to the state title in 2010...was a team captain and earned All-City, All-Conference and Academic All-State honors, as well as honorable mention All-State as a junior...was an Elite 45 as a senior earning all-state honors...named team MVP and was a three year varsity letterwinner...also ran track finishing 8th in state in 110M hurdles as a sophomore and third as a junior...a National Honor Society selection and was on homecoming royalty...had 110 tackles in his caeer with 33 catches for 567 yards and seven touchdowns.
Personal Son of Troy and Shauna Lage...business finance major.