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.
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.
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.