2015 SCHEDULE 9/5 @ K-STATE 9/12 @ UC Davis 9/19 vs Drake 10/3 vs Youngstown St 10/10 @ Western Ill 10/17 @ ND State 10/24 vs Missouri State 10/31 @ Northern Iowa 11/7 vs Southern Ill 11/14 vs SD State 11/21 @ Illinois State

2015 SCHEDULE
9/5 @ K-STATE
9/12 @ UC Davis
9/19 vs Drake
10/3 vs Youngstown St
10/10 @ Western Ill
10/17 @ ND State
10/24 vs Missouri State
10/31 @ Northern Iowa
11/7 vs Southern Ill
11/14 vs SD State
11/21 @ Illinois State

South Dakota Coyotes
0-0 (0-0 MVC)

Location:  Vermillion, SD
Enrollment:  10,061
Colors:  Red and White
Stadium:  Dakota Dome (10,000)
2014 Overall Record:  2-10 (0-8/10th)
Postseason:  None
All time series: K-State leads 3-0
Last Meeting:  South Dakota 3  K-State 42 (9/18/82)
Current Streak: K-State won last 3
Twitter: @SDCoyotes, @SDCoyotesFB

 

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Head Coach: Joe Glenn

  • Overall Record (Yrs): 195-128-1 (27)
  • Record at School (Yrs): 7-28 (3)
  • Record vs. K-State: 0-0
  • Salary: $126,000

 

Joe Glenn has been in coaching a really long time, and you haven’t heard of him. That might tell you enough. But in case you wanted to know more… He’s been with his alma mater, South Dakota, since 2012 when he led their transition to the Division I FCS level as part of the Missouri Valley Conference. He took about 25% of the salary from his previous job at Wyoming saying he wanted enough left over in the budget to hire quality assistants.

His return to South Dakota followed a 6 year stint at Wyoming where he was fired after never getting the Pokes to bowl eligibility. He did get them wins over Ole Miss, Virginia, and at Tennessee in his tenure, but ultimately finished 30-41 at Wyoming before being fired. All told his coaching career dates back to 1974 with head coaching positions at Doane, Northern Colorado, and Montana in addition to Wyoming and South Dakota. He never duplicated the BCS success he found at lower levels where he won Division II National Titles in 1996 and ’97 with Northern Colorado and a I-AA Championship with Montana in 2001.

#11 Senior WR Eric Shufford

#11 Senior WR
Eric Shufford

Coyotes Offense

  • 2014 Passing Offense: 189.25 yds/game
  • 2014 Rushing Offense: 166.2 yds/game
  • 2014 Scoring Offense: 19.42 points/game

 

At least their kicker is good.

Yes, I’m starting the team analysis with the kicker. You have to start somewhere, I guess. Miles Bergner, a junior, was the leading scorer for South Dakota a year ago and is on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List. He’s one of 12 FCS players named for the award which basically goes to the best kicker that isn’t from an FBS school.  But here’s the fun part. He’s not just the placekicker. He does kickoffs AND punts, too.

Saeger and Earl and Saeger

It’s been a rotation at QB for South Dakota the past year. Ryan Saeger, a junior this season, looked to be the 2014 starter but lost the job due to injury to current senior Kevin Earl. He “won” the job back later in the season when Earl was injured. With both healthy in the spring Saeger got the start and took the #1 reps. We expect him to be the starter on Saturday.

Shufford: The Wide Receiver… on the line?

Eric Shufford is one of the team captains this season. And rightfully so. He had 53 catches for 699 yards and 5 TDs a year ago, earning him honorable mention All-MVFC. But then I noticed this quote on the South Dakota website:

Outside the quarterback position, the Coyotes return all but two linemen on the offensive side of the ball including wide outs Eric Shufford (53 rec, 699 yds, 5 TDs) and Riley Donovan (38 rec, 495 yds, 1 TD), and sophomore tight end Aaron Ramsey (12 rec, 225 yds), who missed half of last season due to injury.

Ok… if you want to include a tight end as part of the line, I can buy that. But wide outs? And “Outside the quarterback position?” These people make KU fans seem knowledgeable about football.

#33 Senior LB </ br>Keyen Lage

#33 Senior LB Keyen Lage

Coyotes Defense

  • 2014 Passing defense: 232.17 yds/game
  • 2014 Rushing defense: 234.5 yds/game
  • 2014 Points against: 35.58 points/game

 

#33 Keyen Lage

Without question, Lage is the leader of the Coyotes defense. The senior is a 2 year captain and he’s started every game since he was a true freshman. He had 66 tackles in 2014 including 5.5 tackles for loss.

The new guys with the new 4-3

Last season the Coyotes only managed 8 sacks on the season. You might not be a numbers guru, but we’ll just say that’s not very good. So headed into this season they’re switching to a 4-3 defense, and they’re doing so by using two defensive ends that are brand new to the position. Both Colin Mertlik (#45, JR)  and Andrew Van Ginkel (#17, RS FR) were high school quarterbacks who converted to linebacker at South Dakota. Now they’re starting defensive ends. Have we mentioned this isn’t a great team?

 

 
# NAME POS. YR. HT. WT. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL PREVIOUS SCHOOL
1 Riley Donovan WR Jr. 6-1 185 Kasson, Minn. Kasson-Mantorville HS
1 Jovane Parkinson DB Fr. 6-0 160 St. Cloud, Fla. Saint Cloud HS
2 Micheal Lilly DB Sr. 5-9 165 Santa Ana, Calif. Tustin HS Santa Ana CC
2 Ryan Saeger QB Jr. 6-4 220 Hartland, Wis. Arrowhead HS
3 Dylan Jiles DB R-Fr. 5-11 195 Chicago Ridge, Ill. Richards HS
3 Austin Simmons QB Fr. 6-1 205 Council Bluffs, Iowa Lewis Central HS
4 Ryan Hillier LB Sr. 6-1 220 Lee’s Summit, Mo. West HS
5 Dale Williamson DB Fr. 5-9 170 Texarkana, Texas Texas HS
5 Brian Woodward QB R-Fr. 6-3 200 Phoenix, Ariz. Brophy College Prep
6 Tacari Carpenter WR R-Fr. 5-11 185 Robbins, Ill. Richards HS
7 Adam Harris DB So. 5-10 195 West Des Moines, Iowa Valley HS
7 Calvin Strong RB Fr. 5-8 170 Omaha, Neb. North HS
8 Tyson Graham DB Jr. 6-2 210 Pompano Beach, Fla. Highlands Christian Academy
9 Andrew Gray DB R-Fr. 6-1 195 New Lenox, Ill. Lincoln Way West HS
10 Will Armstead DB Jr. 5-9 195 Broken Arrow, Okla. Broken Arrow HS
11 Eric Shufford WR Sr. 5-11 195 Rialto, Calif. AB Miller HS San Bernardino Valley College
12 Khorey Kilgore RB So. 5-10 220 Blue Springs, Mo. South HS
13 Nick Meyer WR Sr. 5-11 195 Elk Grove Village, Ill. Elk Grove HS
14 Kevin Earl QB Sr. 6-6 220 Lincolnshire, Ill. Stevenson HS
14 Michael Fredrick RB Fr. 5-10 165 Miami, Fla. Champagnat Catholic HS
15 Devon O’Farrell LB Jr. 5-11 235 Sioux Falls, S.D. Washington HS
16 Miles Bergner K/P Jr. 6-0 225 Longmont, Colo. Longmont HS
17 Andrew Van Ginkel LB R-Fr. 6-4 230 Rock Valley, Iowa Rock Valley HS
18 Jake Leohr LB So. 6-3 245 Iowa City, Iowa Iowa City HS
19 Clay Fisher DB R-Fr. 6-1 205 Omaha, Neb. Millard North HS
20 Alex Coker LB R-Fr. 6-1 215 Washington, Iowa Washington HS
21 Trevor Bouma RB Jr. 5-11 210 LeMars, Iowa Gehlen Catholic HS
22 Alex Gray DB R-Fr. 6-2 210 New Lenox, Ill. Lincoln Way West HS
23 Nate Gunn RB Fr. 6-1 205 Minooka, Ill. Minooka HS
24 Jacob Warner DB Jr. 6-0 200 Lawton, Okla. McArther HS Central Oklahoma
25 Adam Juhl DB Jr. 5-10 180 Sioux Falls, S.D. O’Gorman HS
26 Chris Tyler DB Sr. 6-2 200 Omaha, Neb. North HS
27 Brandon Colpitts DB R-Fr. 6-0 200 Crescent, Iowa Council Bluffs Lincoln HS
28 John Wessel LB Jr. 6-2 230 Sioux Falls, S.D. Roosevelt HS
29 Isaac Armstead DB R-Fr. 5-8 180 Broken Arrow, Okla. Broken Arrow HS
30 Taylor Lambert FB So. 5-10 235 North Sioux City, S.D. Dakota Valley HS
31 Shamar Jackson ATH Fr. 5-8 160 Pahokee, Fla. Royal Palm Beach HS
32 Jet Moreland LB Jr. 6-3 215 Wichita, Kan. Wichita Heights HS
33 Keyen Lage LB Sr. 6-3 235 Sioux Falls, S.D. Washington HS
34 Anthony Vigneri RB R-Fr. 5-10 200 Plattsmouth, Neb. Omaha Gross Catholic HS
35 Luke Worden WR So. 5-9 175 Scottsbluff, Neb. Scottsbluff HS
35 Hunter Young DB Fr. 5-11 175 Tyndall, S.D. Bon Homme HS
36 Graham Resseguie DB So. 5-10 190 Lincoln, Neb. Pius X HS
37 Colin Buscarini LB Sr. 6-1 210 Arlington Heights, Ill. Rolling Meadows HS
38 Brandon Godsey LS So. 6-1 210 Raymore, Mo. Ray-Pec HS
39 Markale Moses DB Fr. 5-9 160 Tulsa, Okla. Broken Arrow HS
41 Drew Potter FB Jr. 6-3 250 Basehor, Kan. Basehor-Linwood HS
43 Jim Litrenta LB So. 6-2 225 Orland Park, Ill. St. Laurence HS
44 Kyle Staples LB Sr. 5-11 230 Fresno, Calif. Bullard HS
45 Colin Mertlik LB Jr. 6-2 230 Blair, Neb. Blair HS
46 Ryan Schuster FB Fr. 5-10 215 Ashland, Neb. Ashland-Greenwood HS
47 DeValon Whitcomb TE Fr. 6-3 280 Omaha, Neb. North HS
48 Brandon Storebo TE Fr. 6-5 220 Timnath, Colo. Fort Collins HS
50 Spencer Hopkins LB R-Fr. 6-2 200 Sioux Falls, S.D. O’Gorman HS
51 Sam McLeran OL So. 6-3 310 North Liberty, Iowa Iowa City West HS
52 Mason Ruiz DL Sr. 6-3 300 Tulare, Calif. San Joaquin Memorial HS College of the Sequoias
53 Darin Greenfield LB Fr. 6-3 210 Sheldon, Iowa Sheldon HS
54 Romontay Hill LB Fr. 6-0 195 Robbins, Ill. Richards HS
55 Sean Bredl DL Jr. 6-4 270 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Washington HS
56 Nick Jacobs DL Sr. 6-4 280 Delano, Minn. Delano HS
57 Dylan Arntz LB Fr. 6-3 205 Sioux Falls, S.D. Lincoln HS
59 Luis Peguero DL Fr. 6-2 240 Wellington, Fla. Palm Beach Central HS
62 Nile Banks OL Jr. 6-5 305 Iowa City, Iowa City HS
64 Stetson Dagel OL So. 6-5 280 Cherokee, Iowa Cherokee HS
65 Derek Chancellor OL Sr. 6-5 305 McCook, Neb. McCook HS
68 Mike Meinert OL Jr. 6-3 285 St. Joseph, Mo. Central HS
69 Tyler Johnson OL Fr. 6-5 260 Peosta, Iowa Western Dubuque HS
70 Thomas McGuire OL Sr. 6-4 280 Ames, Iowa Gilbert HS Elon
72 Brock Brandt OL Fr. 6-5 285 Ventura, Iowa Clear Lake HS
73 Nathan Byrd OL Fr. 6-7 290 Tea, S.D. O’Gorman HS
75 Michael Bianchi OL Fr. 6-6 315 Island Lake, Ill. Wauconda HS
76 Nick Jensen OL R-Fr. 6-6 285 Vermillion, S.D. Vermillion HS
77 Tanner Anderson OL R-Fr. 6-5 285 Haysville, Kan. Derby HS
78 Ed Kennedy OL So. 6-4 285 Fort Collins, Colo. Rocky Mountain HS
79 Nick Olson OL Sr. 6-3 285 Richfield, Minn. Richfield HS
80 Aaron Ramsey TE So. 6-3 230 Stilwell, Kan. Blue Valley Southwest HS
81 Paul Anderson WR R-Fr. 5-11 190 West Park, Fla. Hallandale HS
82 Eric Saintil WR Fr. 6-2 185 Homestead, Fla. Homestead HS
83 Ethan Fenchel TE R-Fr. 6-4 240 Hull, Iowa Western Christian HS
84 Danny Rambo WR Fr. 5-10 160 Donalsonville, Ga. Valor Christian HS (Colo.)
85 Ben Kramer WR Jr. 6-1 200 Ottumwa, Iowa Ottumwa HS
86 Josh Hale TE So. 6-3 245 Antigo, Wis. Antigo HS
87 Nickel Meyers WR Fr. 6-3 190 Sioux Falls, S.D. Lincoln HS
88 Brandt Van Roekel WR So. 6-4 210 Boyden, Iowa Boyden-Hull HS
89 Kayl Barkley TE Sr. 6-3 250 Conway Springs, Kan. Conway Springs HS
90 Jon Maag DL Jr. 6-4 265 Scottsbluff, Neb. Scottsbluff HS
91 Braden De Boer DL Fr. 6-4 225 Sioux Center, Iowa Sioux Center HS
92 Bailey Sutko DL So. 6-1 260 Kansas City, Mo. Staley HS
93 Samy JeanClaude DL Fr. 6-4 235 Hollywood, Fla. Hallandale HS
94 Drew Iddings DL Sr. 6-6 285 Rapid City, S.D. Stevens HS
96 Matt Johnson LB Fr. 6-0 215 Jasper, Minn. Garretson HS
97 Reed Solberg DL Fr. 6-0 270 Rock Valley, Iowa Rock Valley HS
98 Ethan James K/P So. 6-0 200 Vermillion, S.D. Vermillion HS
99 Garrett Graves DL So. 6-0 235 Carson, Iowa Riverside HS Midland University

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