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.
2013 Played in the first six games of the season as a defensive back before an injury forced him to miss the next four games ... returned to play the final two games ... had a sack and a season-high four tackles in the season finale against North Dakota State (11/23) ... had 10 tackles on the year including seven solo stops ... also credited with two pass breakups.
2012 Did not play.
Arizona WesternCollege/Sacred Heart University Had 25 solo tackles and three passes deflected atArizona WesternCollege after beginning his college career at Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference...He was named Rookie of the Week in the third game and was a second team all-conference selection.
Prep Two year starter for coach Mark Guandolo...Tallied 70 solo tackles and five interceptions as a senior...Named All-Broward County, while starting in the North vs. South All-Star Game.
Personal Son of Eric and Cynthia Tellefsen...kinesiology and sports science major.